The Speaker

Dr. Leo E. Rouse serves as senior scholar-in-residence of the American Dental Education Association in Washington, DC. He is a former dean, now dean and professor emeritus of the Howard University College of Dentistry.

Dr. Rouse is a 1973 graduate of the Howard University College of Dentistry. He served for twenty-eight years, in the US Army Dental Corps retiring with the rank of Colonel and last assignment as  commander and chief operating officer, U.S. Army Dental Command.

Dr. Rouse is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and an elected at-large Regent of the American College of Dentists. He is a member of many professional organizations—including the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the Hispanic Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Dental Boards and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Rouse represented ADEA on the expert panel of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative that was charged with developing the core competencies for IPEC. 

Dr. Rouse is also a secretary of defense appointed member of the board of regents–Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Rouse has been called upon to serve on several boards—past member of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and the American Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors. He holds active membership on the Board of Advisors of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. In March 2010, Dr. Rouse was elected president-elect of ADEA and in March 2011, he was installed as the first African-American president of ADEA. He completed his three-year tenure with ADEA in March 2013, as a Principal Officer and board member. Dr. Rouse also served as an advisor for the ADEA Leadership Institute.

Dr. Rouse has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was the recipient of the ADEA Presidential Citation and ADEA Chair of the Board Citation in 2009 and 2015, respectively, for distinguished service to the association and dedication to advancing the dental education community. Other recognitions include the 2015 Alan J. Davis/Student Clinician American Dental Association Achievement Award, the coveted Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award in 1997 for distinguished service to the country and the profession of Dentistry, 2011 Sterling V. Mead Award from the District of Columbia Dental Society, 2011 Legend Award from the National Dental Association; and upon his retirement as dean, the 2015 Trailblazer Award from the National Dental Association and the 2015 Presidential Citation from the American Dental Association. In 2017, Dr. Rouse was also a recipient of the ADEA Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Rouse was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in May 2014. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and the Journal of Dental Education. He is married to Yvonne (Fish) Marie Rouse, a retired educator.


Graduation 2018

Graduating students

Graduation Photos

Graduates and family members can preserve commencement memories with photos from the day.

Following graduation, a photos link will be provided on this website and sent to graduates’ college email addresses.

For more information, contact: Steven Doll, Media Resources, Texas A&M College of Dentistry.