Dr. Richard W. Valachovic is the President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association where he has served since his appointment in 1996. He serves as the chief executive officer of the only national association representing the academic dental community. Under his direction, the mission of the Association was refined as “to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the improvement of the health of the public”. Its membership includes all of the dental schools in the United States and Canada, along with dental research institutions, allied dental schools and programs, hospital-based dental departments, and individuals within these institutions. The Association changed its name to the American Dental Education Association [ADEA] in 2000. He is the founder of the ADEAGies Foundation. He served as the Founding Secretary-General of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations [IFDEA], which represents eleven associations of dental schools and educators throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Central America, and President of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions [FASHP]. He is a member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. He served as a member and as chair of the Board of Directors of the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company in Washington, DC. He served as the President and now Chair of the Board of Directors of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative [IPEC].
ADEA is governed by a House of Delegates composed of 258 representatives from the various constituencies of the Association and by an eleven-member Board of Directors. The ADEA Central Office consists of six divisions with over sixty employees. ADEA conducts policy analysis; publishes policy recommendations; advocates in Congress and within the Administration on issues facing the profession; provides technical assistance to its members; and publishes the premier peer-reviewed journal in academic dentistry, the Journal of Dental Education, and a variety of other newsletters, monographs, and books. In addition, ADEA provides four acclaimed centralized application services for dental schools and programs. The current budget for the Association is $27.0 million, with over 85% of its revenues from non-dues sources particularly from grants and contracts obtained under his leadership (in excess of $40.0 million) as well as related business activities of the Association.
As its chief executive officer, Dr. Valachovic is responsible for representing the Association to its members, to other organizations, to Federal policy makers, and to the public. ADEA had little interaction outside of the dental professions prior to his arrival; however, under his leadership the Association has entered into extensive collaborations with organizations representing the higher education community; state and Federal groups such as the National Governors Association; health professions education; healthcare practicing communities; scientific research; and communities. To support these collaborations and strategic alliances, he has successfully worked with foundations, including the American Legacy Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Milbank Memorial Fund, the ADA Health Foundation, the Josiah Macy Foundation, corporate foundations, and Research America, along with governmental agencies such NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, HCFA, and NSF. He has been an active advocate for dental education on Capitol Hill and with the Administration, helping to secure major appropriations to support dental schools allied dental, and advanced dental education programs. He is a member of the VA National Affiliates Advisory Council, appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
- Keynote Speaker
- Dates to Remember
- Order Announcements
- News About You
- Day of Commencement
- Award Recipients
- After Graduation
- Graduation Slideshow
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