Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Community Relations and Communication
School of Dentistry
Dr. Connie L. White, DDS, FAGD, attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 1977. She then attended the UMKC School of Dentistry, receiving her DDS in 1981. Following graduation, Dr. White’s love of learning and the academic environment, lead to a position as an Associate Professor of Dentistry at her Alma Mater. During her early days with the University, she began her private General Dentistry practice, earned her Certificate in Oral Medicine, and quickly rose to leadership positions within the school. She held many and varied leadership roles at the school, including Team Coordinator, Chair of the Department of General Dentistry, chair of the dental school Faculty, and Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Programs. Her current roles at the school are Director of Patient Relations and Associate Dean of Community Relations and Communication. Her Tenure at the School of Dentistry has continued for 35 years.
Dr. White became involved in the Missouri Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) as their liaison to the School of Dentistry, when she began her teaching career. She went on to serve as their Membership Chair and moved through the Presidential line. She began her service nationally, on the AGD National Membership Council, where she served for 6 years, 3 of which she chaired. She was then elected by her Region VI colleagues as the Regional Director for two terms, and chaired that group for two years. She initiated her Trustee position in 2011, a position that she held for five years. She served on both the 2010 and 2015 Strategic Planning Task Forces and lead the President Appointed Dental Student Task Force for the past 3 years. She was elected as the National Secretary of the Academy in July of 2016, a position she will hold for 2 years. She remains an avid Spokesperson for the AGD, while serving on the Executive Team. Dr. White holds Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Academy of Dentistry International. She is active in the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Greater KC Dental Society.