University of Minnesota Names Keith A. Mays Interim Dean

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Keith A. Mays, PhD, DDS, MS, will serve as interim dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, beginning May 15. He is expected to serve a two-year term as he transitions from his leadership role as associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Dentistry.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve in this leadership capacity,” said Mays.

“The School of Dentistry, like so many healthcare organizations, is actively responding to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I have seen our school manage some very challenging decisions and situations. I believe that we have some great faculty, staff, and students. I am proud of their efforts and know that we can meet any challenge that lay before us,” he said.

Mays has served as associate dean of academic affairs and as an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences since joining the school in 2015. He replaces current dean Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS, who will remain in his role as professor in the school’s Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences.


“Dr. Mays has overseen the School of Dentistry’s educational programs and worked to advance excellence in all dental disciplines, especially focusing on patient care, curriculum, teaching, faculty development, and student support,” said University of Minnesota provost Karen Hanson.

“I am confident his academic leadership and governance experience within the school, and deep relationships within and beyond the school, will contribute to the school’s success,” said Hanson.

Previously, Mays was division director of prosthodontics at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and an assistant director of the University of Maryland General Practice Residency Program. His academic career has included teaching in preclinical and clinical prosthodontics, student mentoring and advising, and private faculty practice.

Mays has served as a member of the board of directors for the American Dental Education Association among other professional leadership roles as well. He holds a DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a master of science and certificate in prosthodontics from the University of Iowa, and a PhD from the University of Maryland.

A formal dean search process will commence in 18 months.

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