ADA Foundation hires new director

July 5, 2011
Gene R. Wurth, J.D., M.B.A., to lead charitable arm of American Dental Association

CHICAGO –The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) Board of Directors recently announced the appointment Gene R. Wurth, JD, MBA, as the Foundation’s new executive director effective July 5. Wurth, 60, will manage the ADAF, the charitable arm of the American Dental Association, which secures contributions and provides grants for dental research, education, access to oral health care for underserved populations, and assistance for dentists and their families in need.

“The ADAF is proud to welcome Mr. Wurth, who brings a tremendous amount of valuable experience in fundraising and public relations,” said ADAF President David A. Whiston, DDS. “His skills will be an asset to the ADAF, which serves as a trusted resource for both those who want to help and for those in need.”

Wurth most recently served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), which raised more than $150 million for research and education during his 11-year tenure. Prior to joining the OREF, Wurth served as Assistant Dean for Development of Alumni Programs at the University of Illinois, College of Law, and served as president and CEO of Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation in Urbana, Ill.

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