Dr. Mary Pettiette, assistant dean for admissions and predoctoral education and associate professor in the Department of Endodontics, has been named president-elect of the American Association of Endodontics Foundation (AAEF). She will serve in this role for two years before becoming president of the organization.
“I am proud to serve for the AAE Foundation with its strong commitment to supporting endodontic education and endodontic research,” said Pettiette. “This support is something that is not only important to me but also to the Foundation, as evidenced by its awarding this year $1.5 million to education and grants to research.”
As president-elect, Pettiette is in line to oversee one of the largest dental professional association foundations. The AAEF ranks second in total expenses – topped only by the American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) – and third in net assets, behind the ADAF and the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation.
In addition to her work at the UNC School of Dentistry and with the AAEF, Pettiette is an active member of organized dental associations, including previous stints as president of the N.C. State Endodontic Society, and completed her appointment as chair of the Endodontic Section of ADEA this past March.
She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree and her Certificate of Endodontics from Louisiana State University. Pettiette became a board certified endodontist in 1989. After spending time at LSU and in private practice, Pettiette served on the UNC faculty in the Department of Endodontics from 1990-2004. She returned to private practice for seven years before rejoining the endodontic faculty at UNC in the summer of 2011.