Herren Named Leadership Institute Fellow

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Michael “Chris” Herren

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“Dr. Herren is a remarkable young faculty who is a true asset to the College of Dentistry. He is an innovated leader, energetic about new educational methods and content. He is the youngest member of his leadership class, which is a tribute to what he has already accomplished during his brief time in academics as well as to his significant potential to contribute to our profession and our university.”

-- Sharon P. Turner,
dean,
UK College of Dentistry

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2004) -- The American Dental Education Association has invited 21 Fellows, including Michael “Chris” Herren , D.M.D., assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Practice and team leader of the UK Undergraduate Clinic , to participate in the 2004-2005 ADEA Leadership Institute, a yearlong faculty development program for dental and allied dental education program faculty and administrators. The Fellows began the program with an orientation held at the recent 2004 ADEA Annual Session in Seattle, Wash.

“Dr. Herren is a remarkable young faculty who is a true asset to the College of Dentistry,” said Sharon P. Turner, D.D.S., J.D., dean, UK College of Dentistry. “He is an innovated leader, energetic about new educational methods and content. He is the youngest member of his leadership class, which is a tribute to what he has already accomplished during his brief time in academics as well as to his significant potential to contribute to our profession and our university.”

The ADEA Leadership Institute is a four-phase program designed to arm Fellows with the competencies necessary to become stronger leaders and take on new responsibilities at their home institutions. The first phase, which will be held in Stowe, Vt., this June, is an intensive five-day program that focuses on developing personal and interpersonal competencies necessary for leadership. The second phase takes place in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. A legislative workshop informing Fellows on critical issues facing dental, health professions, and higher education is followed by visits to Congressional Offices on Capital Hill. The third phase is devoted to the promotion of the administrative competencies necessary for effective leadership. Finally, the fourth phase will take place at the 2005 ADEA Annual Session when the Fellows will be responsible for assisting with a full-day Faculty Development Workshop. In addition, Fellows must complete a project, based on a series of interviews, addressing a key issue in dental education that results in a paper suitable for publication. Upon completion of the ADEA Leadership Institute, Fellows will have the opportunity to join the Leadership Institute Alumni Association where they will have continued development opportunities and are able to connect with other ADEA Leadership Institute alumni.

“I am honored to have been selected for participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute,” said Herren. “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, as well as bringing new ideas and skills back to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.”


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