Appointments, Faculty and Staff

May Steps Down; Beck, Everett Begin New Appointments

Effective July 1, 2012, the UNC School of Dentistry administration will see a number of changes.

Dr. Ken May will step down from his position as vice dean of the UNC School of Dentistry to begin phased-retirement. May has held the position since 2006. Previously he served the school as associate dean for administration and planning from 1998-2006, director for admissions and student affairs from 1982-1994, and a full-time professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry. May earned both his undergraduate and D.D.S. degrees from the University. In his new capacity, May will return to teaching part-time in the Department of Operative Dentistry and will begin treating patients again in the Dental Faculty Practice.

“We are so grateful for Dr. May’s continued dedication to our school for the last 36 years,” said UNC School of Dentistry Dean Jane Weintraub. “We appreciate his service as vice dean and are thrilled he’s returning to the classroom to help educate the next generation of dental professionals.”

Dr. Jim Beck, current associate dean for research, will assume May’s role as vice dean under a new title: executive associate dean. As executive associate dean, Beck will assist the dean in a variety of day-to-day school administration functions such as chairing the school’s administrative board; coordinating reviews of school administrators; working with financial affairs on budget documents; providing oversight and guidance of support services operations, CE, HR and OCIS; and representing the dean when necessary. Beck is a Kenan professor and previously served the school as chair of the Department of Dental Ecology. He also is an adjunct professor at the UNC School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. Prior to joining UNC, he served on the faculties of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from UNC.

Dr. Eric Everett, current professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and member of the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, will take over Beck’s responsibilities as the new associate dean for research. In his new role, Everett will continue to advance the school’s research mission by working with faculty and students for the advancement of oral research. Everett joined the UNC School of Dentistry in 2004 after being a member of the faculty at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Everett’s research interests include craniofacial and mineralized tissue genetics; gene: environment interactions; mapping of complex traits; normal variation (to the extent that normal variation becomes abnormal); and animal models for oral, dental and craniofacial disorders.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Beck and Dr. Everett into their new roles at our school,” said Weintraub. “The UNC School of Dentistry is fortunate to be led by faculty members like Dr. Beck and Dr. Everett, and I am excited to see the positive ways that they will impact the school in their new positions.”