By Rosanne Fohn President ad interim Kenneth Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S.
|Claude Nabers, D.D.S., a friend of the Dental School and UT Health Science Center, visits with President ad interim Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., at the Hollers Lecture.|
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, was honored recently with the presentation of three proclamations honoring his 25 years of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The proclamations were presented Nov. 16 at the 29th annual James P. Hollers Memorial Lectureship, an annual event of the Dental School. President ad interim
Kalkwarf was dean of the Dental School for 24 years. He was asked assume the presidency temporarily in June while President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, took a leave of absence.
- A proclamation from the Texas Senate was read by Don W. Morgan, D.D.S., president of the San Antonio District Dental Society. The proclamation, signed by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, noted, “Over the course of [Dr. Kalkwarf’s] career, he has handled his roles as educator and administrator with vision and foresight; he has had a profound impact on his professions through his leadership of such organizations as the American Dental Education Association, the Joint Commission of National Dental Examination and the Southwest Society of Periodontists.”
- A proclamation from the state of Texas, signed by State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, was read by James B. Mazock, D.D.S., a 1998 Dental School alumnus and past president of the Dental School Alumni Association. “Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Kalkwarf has authored more than 185 articles, chapters and abstracts, and conducted over 260 lectures and continuing education courses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia,” this proclamation read.
- A proclamation from the city of San Antonio was read by Malcolm Ray Scott Jr., D.D.S., a 1983 alumnus and president-elect of the Dental School Alumni Association. Signed by Mayor Julián Castro, the proclamation read, “Your leadership, professionalism and enthusiasm in the field of periodontics has not gone unnoticed and is worthy of honor and praise.”
A professor of periodontics, Dr. Kalkwarf joined the Health Science Center in 1987 and was appointed dean of the Dental School the following year. Throughout his tenure, the school has ranked among the top dental schools in the U.S.
|Standing with President ad interim Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., (brown suit) are (left to right) Dental School Dean ad interim William Dodge, D.D.S., Don Morgan, D.D.S., Michael Boland, D.D.S., Malcolm Ray Scott Jr., D.D.S. and James B. Mazock, D.D.S. |
“I am so honored to receive this recognition,” Dr. Kalkwarf said. “I have spent the majority of my career at the UT Health Science Center. Serving as president ad interim
has given me a real appreciation for the position of president, this institution as a whole and all the great work being done here. I’ll always have a very special place in my heart, though, for the Dental School and all of you — my good friends and colleagues.”
Dr. Kalkwarf received his doctoral degree in dental surgery, certificate in periodontics and Master of Science degree in oral biology from the University of Nebraska. He completed a general practice residency program in Milwaukee and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in 1979.
He was on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Nebraska, where he directed the postdoctoral periodontics program, before joining the Health Science Center.