CLAS Convocation

2007 Convocation



Bernard MachenGuest Speaker

J. Bernard Machen, University of Florida President

J. Bernard “Bernie” Machen, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., was appointed as the 11th president of the University of Florida in October 2003.

He assumed his duties on January 5, 2004. Prior to coming to Gainesville, he served six years as the president of the University of Utah.

Dr. Machen was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, but he grew up in St. Louis. After attending Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate studies, he earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from St. Louis University, and his master of science in pediatric dentistry and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Iowa. He received distinguished alumnus awards from the University of Iowa and St. Louis University.

He served as professor and associate dean at the University of North Carolina’s School of Dentistry from 1983 to 1989, and was president of the American Association of Dental Schools in 1987. Prior to his appointment at Utah, he was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan from 1995 to 1997 and served as dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry from 1989 until 1995. From 1992 to 1995, he also served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine Committee on Educating Dentists for the Future.

Previous responsibilities included senior academic and clinical positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including associate dean of the university’s School of Dentistry and an appointment as chief of the Department of Extension Services at the U.S. Army Institute of Dental Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Since arriving in Florida, he has been active on the boards of directors of Shands Healthcare, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce (ex-officio), and Oak Hammock. At UF, he has made campus community interactions a top priority, seeking an even stronger UF commitment to community activities. Dr. Machen also has made building strong relations with the Florida legislature an early hallmark of his tenure, and he has traveled throughout the state to meet with representatives of the many organizations and communities who look to the university for leadership and service. A veteran U.S. Army major, Dr. Machen and his wife, Chris, have two sons and a daughter.




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