May 17, 2007

Dean of School of Dental Medicine named interim provost at Case Western Reserve University

Jerold Goldberg to serve as acting chief academic officer, temporarily succeeding outgoing Provost John Anderson

Jerold S. Goldberg

Jerold S. Goldberg, dean of Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, has been named interim provost, the university's chief academic officer, Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., announced today. Goldberg assumes his new duties Aug. 1; he will retain his position of dean of dental medicine.

Goldberg temporarily replaces outgoing Provost John L. Anderson, who is leaving Case at the end of July to become president of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Anderson's appointment as IIT's eighth president was announced May 2.

"Jerry is a gifted oral surgeon, scholar, educator and academic leader," Eastwood said. "He is highly respected by faculty colleagues, fellow deans at Dental Schools, university leadership and beyond. I am confident he will provide great leadership for Case Western Reserve as our interim provost."

A 1970 alumnus of the School of Dental Medicine, Goldberg joined the Case faculty in 1974.

"The unique opportunity to serve as interim provost and to work more closely with President-elect Barbara Snyder and other members of the university administration is a great privilege," Goldberg said. "My tenure at Case has marked a time of tremendous growth and change, but there has always been one constant, the exceptional faculty, staff and students. It is the excellence in the faculty and staff at the School of Dental Medicine that has allowed me to consider this opportunity. I look forward to helping our next president and our university any way I can."

Goldberg arrived at Case after completing a dental internship at Newark Beth Israel Hospital in New Jersey and a three-year oral surgery residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Prior to becoming the School of Dental Medicine's dean in 1997, Goldberg served as interim dean and chair of the school's oral and maxillofacial surgery department, a position he had held since 1985.

As dean, Goldberg initiated the school's rollout of a new, theme-based and active learning curriculum (2006). The curriculum was designed to establish a "culture of inquiry" and to engage students in the constant pursuit of knowledge and life-long learning. Students experience a more hands-on dental experiences from the first day of class. Goldberg also spearheaded the creation of the country's first dental medicine program to offer a dual D.M.D.-M.D. degree for students pursuing studies to become general dentists. The program, in partnership with the School of Medicine, is patterned after the kind of cross medical-dental training that oral surgeons receive during their residencies following their general dental school training. The program leads to eligibility for dental licensure on completion of the program as well as eligibility for medical licensure after finishing a medical residency.

Goldberg has previously served the university in other leadership roles including as the interim dean of the School of Medicine in 2002-2003. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties for the university, Goldberg, actively participates in international volunteer work that has taken him to Asia and South America and Eastern Europe. He co-founded the Partnership of Hope in 1993. Through the nonprofit organization, health care professionals train medical personnel and perform reconstructive facial surgeries. In 2002, Goldberg was knighted by the president of Lithuania for his efforts there.

In 2006, Goldberg's work to make changes in dental education and improve the public's health through better oral health care caught the attention of the Santa Fe Group of New Mexico, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in the late 1990s by eight health profession leaders concerned about oral health. The group invited Goldberg to join in nationwide initiatives that link local leaders to a network of social changers around the U.S. to tackle some of the country's major health problems. The group's leaders began "out of the box" thinking in response to the first Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in 2000 that recognized a "silent epidemic" in the link between oral health diseases and systemic health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216-368-4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, May 17, 2007 10:25 AM | News Topics: Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, School of Dental Medicine

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