Dr. Ted Roberson, who has held leadership positions within both the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and state and national dental organizations, has been named the dental school’s director of professional relations.
In this newly created position, Roberson will work with Dean John N. Williams and other School leaders, the Dental Foundation of North Carolina and the Dental Alumni Association to increase the participation of alumni and others in the life of the School.
His other duties include, but are not limited to, representing and promoting the School of Dentistry at all levels of contact within North Carolina, participating in School functions and representing the Dental Foundation of North Carolina to the greater University community.
Roberson began work Sept. 4 and plans to travel extensively in the coming months to gain the insights of alumni and other state dental practitioners and cultivate their further involvement in the School of Dentistry.
“Ted Roberson really has, as much as anyone I’ve met in my time as dean, an in-depth knowledge of how all of the fundamental programs and strengths of our School come together and form a cohesive unit,” Williams said. “People who have graduated from or work within the School, as well as others who support the School’s mission, respect his integrity, professionalism, sense of humor and love of Carolina.
“I am going to enjoy working with Ted very much, as we seek to further understanding of how the School can better support our state’s dental profession.”
Roberson said he interprets his role as goodwill ambassador for the dental school. “I’m excited to have as my responsibility the promotion of the UNC School of Dentistry. To me, it’s like promoting UNC basketball. You can’t go wrong.”
Roberson retired from the School of Dentistry in 2005, after having served as a faculty member since 1968 – the year he graduated from the School of Dentistry. Among his roles in the School were full professor, chairman of the Department of Operative Dentistry, director of student affairs and director of admissions. He also was a researcher, practitioner within the Dental Faculty Practice and a senior editor of “Sturdevant’s Art and Science of Operative Dentistry.” He is a past president of the Dental Alumni Association.
He has three children and one son-in-law who are UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry graduates.
Roberson also is a two-time recipient of the School’s highest teaching honor, the Richard F. Hunt Memorial Award for Excellence in Predoctoral Teaching. He has received distinguished service awards from the Dental Alumni Association, the Dental Foundation of North Carolina and the North Carolina Dental Society. He was the 16th District Regent for the International College of Dentists and will complete 10 years of service as an American Dental Association delegate this year.