The Chicago Dental Society recently learned that Bruce Rotter has been appointed as the next dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Southern Illinois University (SIU). After a national search lead by Professor Debra Dixon, Dr. Rotter’s appointment was ratified by the Board of Trustees Nov. 8.
A CDS member, Dr. Rotter brings a wealth of experience to the role of Dean of the School of Dental Medicine. A 1982 graduate of the School of Dental Medicine, his academic career began there in 1993 as assistant professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 1997 he was promoted to associate professor, and in 2009 he became a full professor.
During that time frame, Dr. Rotter created and administered one of the first implant fellowship training programs in the country that led to the creation of a freestanding implant clinic, which he subsequently directed.
Prior to his appointment as Interim Dean in summer 2011, Dr. Rotter had served as the associate dean for academic affairs for six years.
Throughout his career, Dr. Rotter has been active in the private practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery and currently practices with Southern Illinois Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd., in Belleville and Glen Carbon. He also has served the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in St. Louis as a consultant since 1994.
In addition, since 1996, Dr. Rotter has contributed his expertise in support of the dental specialty programs in Endodontics and Periodontics that SIU shares with St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education.
We join the SIU faculty and administration in congratulating Dr. Rotter, and we wish him great success.