Dean of Illinois dental school announces retirement

Edwardsville-based Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Dean Bruce Rotter, DMD, announced his retirement June 11, effective December 2021.

Dr. Rotter was named dean in November 2012 after serving as interim dean for more than a year.

A 1982 alumnus of the dental school, Dr. Rotter became a faculty member in 1993. The dentist worked with Southern Illinois Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Belleville and Glen Carbon from 2002 until his appointment as dean. He also has served St. Louis-based Veterans Administration Medical Center as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and consultant since 1994.

"On behalf of SIUE and the SIU School of Dental Medicine, I want to thank Dean Rotter for nearly 30 years of service," said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. "Bruce has an incredibly informed perspective having been a part of SDM as a student, faculty member and long-serving administrator. In particular, I want to commend Dean Rotter and the school for their dedication to the community as evidenced by their free clinics for Veterans and the Give Kids a Smile Program, which annually provide more than $100,000 of free dental service to valued constituencies, as well as their work at the WE CARE Clinic in East St. Louis. We wish Bruce and his wife, Cindy, best wishes as they plan for retirement in 2022."

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