Message from the Dean

THANK YOU FOR extending such a warm welcome as I settle into Kansas City, UMKC and the School of Dentistry.

Since August 16, my first official day as dean, I have been in “discovery mode.” I have met many students, staff, faculty and alumni, listening to their ideas and getting a sense of their priorities. I have gained knowl­edge of the university and its dental school, learning about its culture, procedures and rich history. I have seen first-hand the dedication and commitment so many people have for our School of Dentistry and its future. I’m excited to be a part of it.

I’m also excited to introduce my first issue of Explorer, which highlights this dedication and commitment. The fall magazine issue is focused on donor apprecia­tion, and includes stories showcasing the importance of scholarship support, both from students who receive funds and alumni who donate them. Also featured are the annual donor honor roll and estate gift listing, along with a recognition of our endowed class scholarships. We know the significance of our alumni and donor support, and this issue recognizes the valuable role you play in our ongoing success.

As I continue to meet and build relationships with more alumni, know that my door is always open. Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your opinions. I want to hear from you. At the same time, I want you to know where I stand on issues, and I will share information as much as possible. I believe this approach fosters a trusting environment and the type of culture I want to foster at our school. Through effective communication and working together, we only strengthen our position as one of the nation’s top universities providing dental education.

Thanks for your continued interest and support for the School of Dentistry. I look forward to

hearing from and working with you.

Steven E. Haas, D.M.D., J.D., M.B.A. Dean, UMKC School of Dentistry