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USD Dental Hygiene chair elected to serve national organizations

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Ann Brunick, MS, Dental Hygiene, chairperson and professor at the University of South Dakota School of Dental Hygiene, was elected to the Administrative Board of the American Dental Education Association’s Council of Allied Dental Program Directors.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education representing more than 19,000 students, faculty, staff, and administrators from U.S. and Canadian dental schools, allied and advanced dental education programs, and corporations working in oral health education. The Council of Allied Dental Program Directors represents 278 dental assisting programs, 335 dental hygiene programs, and 19 dental laboratory technology programs, all of whom are approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Brunick also received a national appointment from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association to be one of eight members of a joint ADHA/ADEA Curriculum Change and Innovation workgroup to address the future of dental hygiene education.

“I am very honored to be part of this administrative council that represents allied dental education as well as being part of the initiative to transform dental hygiene education through the ADHA/ADEA CCI workgroup,” said Brunick. “The role of a dental hygienist in the changing face of healthcare is becoming increasingly more important. I’m excited to be involved in these leadership roles.”

“We are very fortunate to have a national leader and scholar chairing the USD Dental Hygiene program,” said Michael Lawler, Ph.D., M.S.W., dean of the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences. “Professor Brunick is widely respected in her profession and by her peers from other disciplines in health and human services.”

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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