Sara Johnson holds award and poses with Christie Nixon, Adam Hildebrandt and Alex Holm

Johnson receives Patriot Award for service member support

Sara Johnson, assistant dean for student and resident affairs for the School of Dentistry, received the Patriot Award on March 15, 2022. Awarded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Patriot Award recognizes “the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed,” according to the ESGR.

Emily Best named Chief Development Officer

“Emily’s existing experience and credibility at the University of Minnesota, strong relationships with donors, demonstrated leadership of the development and alumni relations team and commitment to advancing dental education distinguished her as the right candidate to fill this role,” reflected Dean Keith Mays, DDS, MS, PhD, in his announcement of the role. “I look forward to continuing my work with her and hope you will join me in welcoming her into the role of the Chief Development Officer.”