Grishondra Branch-Mays, DDS, MS, has been named new vice dean for academic affairs for A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH). Dr. Branch Mays is a board-certified periodontist and academician for over 23 years, has served at three dental institutions, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Eastern Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, and University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she served as the director of interprofessional education.
As ATSU-MOSDOH’s vice dean for academic affairs, Dr. Branch-Mays will be responsible for overseeing the predoctoral education. Additionally, her responsibilities include providing a strong leadership component to promote collegiality and organizational structure in ATSU-MOSDOH’s Kirksville facility; serving as a mentor for faculty, students, and staff; enforcing policies and operational procedures; promoting general team building and institutional effectiveness; and supporting ATSU-MOSDOH’s strategic plan.