New Deans for Penn Dental, Vet, and Annenberg

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From left: Mark Wolff, Andrew Hoffman, and John Jackson.

Mark Wolff will become the next Morton Amsterdam Dean of Dental Medicine, effective July 1. He is currently professor and chair of cariology and comprehensive care at the College of Dentistry at New York University, where he also serves as senior associate dean for development and alumni relations. Among other accomplishments at NYU, he designed and implemented the world’s largest electronic dental-health record and fully digital imaging system. He also increased inter-professional educational opportunities for dental students by creating an integrated case seminar series that brings dental students together with students in dental hygiene, social work, nutrition science, and nursing. He is an experienced clinician who has authored or coauthored 80 scholarly articles as well as 20 books and chapters. His appointment concludes a global search to identify a successor to Interim Dean Dana Graves, who has served in that role since January 1.

Andrew Hoffman will be the next Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Penn Veterinary Medicine, effective August 1. Hoffman currently serves as director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory and Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where his leadership of regenerative medicine and stem cell research programs resulted in important contributions to both animal and human health. He has led the Tufts Lung Function Laboratory for more than 20 years and directed the Tufts Equine Sports Medicine Program for five years. He has clinical experience in large animal (dairy-equine) practice and caring for and investigating animals as diverse as dogs, cats, horses, sheep, camelids, rodents, and dolphins. Dr. Hoffman succeeds Joan Hendricks V’79 Gr’80, who has served as dean since 2006.

John Jackson has been named the next dean of the Annenberg School for Communication. Jackson, the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Africana Studies, and Anthropology, is a renowned ethnographer whose research has frequently explored the impact of mass media on urban life and the remaking of ethnic and racial diasporas [“John Jackson, Ethnography, and the Hebrew Israelites,” Mar|Apr 2014]. Since 2014 he has served as dean of the School for Social Policy and Practice, where he forged partnerships with the Graduate School of Education and the School of Nursing to spearhead the Penn Futures Project, which is improving the lives of young people and their families across Philadelphia. He will take office on January 1, 2019, succeeding Michael Delli Carpini C’75 G’75, who has been dean since 2003.

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