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Deborah Horlak Named Director of Dental Hygiene Program

October  02, 2008

Deborah HorlakThe Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry appointed Deborah Horlak, assistant professor, as director of the school's Dental Hygiene program. Horlak will help shape the program's curriculum, recruit and mentor students and faculty and coordinate partnerships for extramural clinic rotations.

"Deborah is a talented, creative educator who brings a real passion for teaching," said Dr. Cindy Lyon, chair for the Department of Dental Practice. "I think she is the reason, in large part, that so many of our graduates are now demonstrating an interest in dental education."

Horlak has served as a full-time faculty member at Pacific's main campus in Stockton, Calif., since 2004. She is also a member of the Oral Health Advisory Committee with San Joaquin County Public Health Services and the San Joaquin County Task Force on Oral Health. Horlak is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Pierre Fauchard Academy 2008 Dental Faculty Development Grant.

Horlak spent more than 20 years in private practice as a dental hygienist before becoming involved in dental education. She holds a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in higher education administration from California State University, Fresno. Horlak is currently pursuing an EdD in professional education and leadership from University of the Pacific.

For more information about the dental school's three-year baccalaureate dental hygiene program on the Stockton campus, click here.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu