SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

June 17, 2011 13:41 ET

WesternU Appoints New College of Dental Medicine Dean

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - Western University of Health Sciences has named Steven W. Friedrichsen, DDS, as the new Dean of the College of Dental Medicine.

"In his academic and professional qualifications, and in the way he interacts with students and staff, Steve Friedrichsen represents everything that makes Western University of Health Sciences the special place it is," said Ben Cohen, DO, provost and chief operating officer of WesternU. "I am extremely pleased to appoint him as Dean for the College of Dental Medicine, and am confident that the College's reputation and stature will only grow under his watch."

Dr. Friedrichsen joined WesternU as the Associate Dean of Patient Care and Clinical Curriculum in January 2010. He has served as interim dean since Feb. 1, 2011, after Founding Dean James Koelbl accepted a position with the University of New England.

"I am honored to continue my service to Western University of Health Sciences and the College of Dental Medicine," Dr. Friedrichsen said. "WesternU is a unique academic environment, and the College of Dental Medicine plays a pivotal role in the University's vision for the future of health care education. Although we are still a very new program, the College has an inspiring team of faculty and staff who work diligently to help us realize our mission and vision. I am proud to be a part of the WesternU family and grateful for the support and encouragement that everyone has demonstrated."

Prior to joining the College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Friedrichsen was Dean of Creighton University Medical Center School of Dentistry and Special Assistant to the University President for Healthcare Strategies. He also served for more than 20 years as Chairman, Department of Dental Sciences, and Director, Idaho Dental Education Program at Idaho State University. During that time, he concurrently held the position of Director, Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Residency Program for five years.

"The Dean plays a vital role in moving the college forward and challenging students and faculty to excel," said WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. "We are proud of all of our Deans, and we know Dr. Friedrichsen will continue this tradition of excellence."

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