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From the Editor's Desk, Volume 5

The winds of change are again blowing down Bergen Street in Newark. They may, in fact, be of gale force.

In April, Dr. Stuart Cook was officially inaugurated as UMDNJ president, succeeding Dr. Stanley Bergen, who led the university for 27 years. The appointment signaled a change in direction for UMDNJ. The next wind, a strong gust, swept Dr. Bob Saporito out of the dean's chair and deposited him in the position of Acting Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs for the entire university. I could not let this promotion slip by without thanking Bob for his emotional and financial support of the Beacon. Without his support and personal involvement, this publication would probably not exist.

The same gust of wind blew down the halls of B level, and when calm was restored, Dr. Cecile Feldman was sitting at the end of the hall in Dr. Saporito's former chair as Acting Dean for New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Feldman, the first woman to occupy the dean's office, came to New Jersey in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously at NJDS, she was the Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment and the Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Feldman was largely responsible for the outstanding report NJDS received from the National Accreditation Committee. Ms. Pamela Matheson is now the Acting Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment. Dr. Richard Vogel ('71) has been named Acting Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and continues as chair of the Department of Oral Pathology, Biology and Diagnostic Sciences.

While these upheavals were occurring at NJDS, the Foundation of UMDNJ named a new president, Michael S. Bassoff. Mr. Bassoff is an executive with extensive development experience in the field of higher education and academic medicine. He comes to Newark from the University of Arizona Health Science Center in Tucson.

The wind has also cleared a path for new Dental Alumni Association (DAA) officers. After a highly successful tenure as president, Dr. Joe Battaglia ('79) has moved on. (We alumni tried to get Joe elected for life, but his wife, Debbie, objected. It seems she needs him as much as we do!) What a fantastic job he has done!

We extend wishes for much success to Dr. Peter DeSciscio ('85), who was installed as the 22nd President of the DAA. Moving up the chairs are Dr. Mimi Vella ('63) as President-Elect, Dr. Kim Fenesy ('86) as Vice President, and our newly elected Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Vincent Castellano ('78). The association is well represented for the coming millennium.

The wind has finally abated and the seas are calm. I just hope they don't change the name of the school again.

Arthur J. Crosta, D.M.D. ('67), Editor


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