Dental dean named university's executive vice president

June 16, 2006
New York University tabs Dr. Michael Alfano as executive vice president.

New York University has named Michael C. Alfano,D.M.D., Ph.D., who has been dean of NYU's College of Dentistry since 1998, to the post of executive vice president of NYU.

As executive vice president, he will oversee the University's budget and finance operations, the human relations division, and the real estate, planning, and construction operations. Dr. Alfano, whose career has included significant posts in both academics and business, will start in the new position on July 17, 2006.

Dr. Alfano will be succeeding Jacob Lew, who has served as the University's
executive vice president since 2001. Lew is leaving NYU to take a
position in the private sector.

NYU President John Sexton said, "I am very pleased that Michael Alfano, who has had an outstanding record of achievement as dean of NYU's College of Dentistry after a career that included impressive responsibilities in both academe and the private sector, has agreed to accept my request that he assume the assignment of executive vice president. As dean, he has been an extraordinary leader: admissions has become more selective and competitive; new roles for dentists and new models for health care education have been embraced; dental care for poor New Yorkers has been expanded; fundraising has been unprecedented, leading to the creation of important new facilities; and the Dental College has emerged as an important center for health care research."

Dr. Alfano has been dean of the NYU College of Dentistry since 1998, and a
professor of periodontics and biological sciences there. Prior to that, he
served in a number of leadership positions with the Block Drug Company,
Inc., including the presidency of the Block Professional Dental Products
Company; Senior Vice President for Research and Technology; Scientific
Affairs Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer; and membership on the Board
of Directors, among other posts.

Prior to that experience, he was a tenured professor of periodontics and oral medicine at the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, where he also served as Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Affairs and Research.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon; the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the University of Medicine and Dentistry; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine; appointment to the National Institutes of Health's National Advisory Dental Research Council; honorary life membership by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists; honorary membership in the American Academy of Oral Medicine; the Jack Hein Public Service Award of the American Association for Dental Research; and the Edward Shils Award from the American Dental Association Foundation, among many others. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, and has served on a number of prominent national committees.

Dr. Alfano's research and areas of interest include improving the quality
and efficiency of higher education, especially dental education; enhancing
oral and general health through better therapy, public education, and
challenging the dental profession; evaluation of new products for the
personal care, dental, and pharmaceutical industries; pathogenesis and
therapy of periodontal disease; and nutrition in oral health. He is the
author of numerous original journal articles, texts, book chapters, and
magazine articles, and he holds several patents.

He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, his D.M.D.
from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his Ph.D.
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a trainee in
periodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and he received his
certificate in periodontics from the Fairleigh Dickinson University School
of Dentistry.