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Former Dean of Dentistry, Recognized for ‘Transformation and Vision,’ Named Dean Emeritus

A dentist and academic who led the UM dentistry program for eight years said he was humbled to be formally appointed dean emeritus of dentistry at a virtual ceremony on March 7.

Dr. Johann de Vries served as dean of what is now the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry from 1998 to 2006. Calling UM “a great institution of higher learning,” he accepted the honour via videoconference from his home country of South Africa, where he is now retired.

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