Endowed professorships and chairs assist Saint Louis University in bringing the best and brightest students to our campus while offering them even more opportunities to learn from the greatest minds in the world.
"The core of any excellent university is its stellar faculty," said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "We rely on our professors to do more than teach. They encourage inquiry; they mentor and nurture; they lead by example. But, in doing so, they imbue our students with a deep desire to make a difference in the world."
On May 12, Rolf Gordon Behrents, D.D.S., Ph.D., was honored with the Endowed Lysle E. Johnston Jr. Professorship in Orthodontics during an investiture ceremony held in Pere Marquette Gallery.
|University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J.; Rolf Behrents, D.D.S., Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Advanced Dental Education; Lysle Johnston Jr., D.D.S., Ph.D.; former chair of the Department of Orthodontics; and Phillip Alderson, M.D., vice president of the Saint Louis University Medical Center and dean of the medical school, stand together following the Johnston Investiture Ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Hasamear|
Phillip Alderson, M.D., vice president of the Saint Louis University Medical Center and dean of the medical school, said it is because of the generosity of our friends and donors from Center for Advanced Dental Education, professorships such as these make it possible to retain the University's top faculty members.
"For these generous people provide Saint Louis University support in its mission to succeed," Alderson said.
Behrents came to the University in 2003 when he was asked to serve as the executive director of the Center for Advanced Dental Education, along with a professor and the director of orthodontics.
Throughout his career, he has contributed to the education of over 300 orthodontic specialists; served on nearly 150 master theses committees; his students have won 12 national and international research awards; and two of his students have won the Shepard Award for achieving the highest score in the nation on the American Board of Orthodontics written exam. His research has been appeared in more than 90 publications and served as the topic of over 300 presentations and lectures worldwide.
"I am deeply honored to the recipient of the Johnston professorship," said Behrents, who was once Johnston's student.
"The establishment of this professorship means that his name, his influence will continue forever."
When Behrents became the director of orthodontics, he asked Johnston to return to the University to teach part-time after already retiring from the University of Michigan.
Johnston once served as professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics with the University for 15 years until he left the University in 1991 to return to his alma mater, University of Michigan, to become the chair of its Department of Orthodontics.
Throughout his career, he has contributed to the education of hundreds of orthodontic specialists; advised more than 100 students as they created their master theses; and his students have won 14 national and international research awards. His research and publication of his work resulted in grant support from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
"Over time, bricks crumble, books rot, but this professorship will last forever," Johnston said. "It is quite gratifying that a good portion of my students valued my teaching enough to want to give back to the University to create this professorship."
Johnston received an honorary medallion in recognition of the establishment of the endowed professorship in orthodontics. Behrents also received an honorary medallion to symbolize he will now be known as the Lysle Johnston Endowed Professor of Orthodontics.
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