Haney Receives Regent’s Professorship
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Haney Receives Regent’s Professorship

Haney Receives Regent’s Professorship

Published: Monday, May 10, 2021

Haney Receives Regent’s Professorship

OKLAHOMA CITY – The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry is pleased announce that Kevin Haney, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Administration and professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, was awarded the Regent’s Professorship from the OU Health Sciences Center as part of the 2020-2021 Distinguished Faculty Awards and Honors. 

To qualify for a Regents' Professorship, a faculty member must have rendered outstanding service to the University, to the academic community, or to an academic or professional discipline, through extraordinary achievement in academic administration or professional service. The appointment is for life.

“I was very honored and humbled to receive the Regent’s Professorship,” said Haney. “I have to give credit to the college, its faculty, staff, and students. They are what has allowed me to receive this recognition. I have always viewed ‘obligations’ as the single most important word on my diploma. I feel that giving back, whether it be teaching or service, is a what makes our profession so special. Giving back, or giving ‘forward,’ is our legacy. Receiving the Regent’s Professorship inspires me that much more.”

Dr. Haney is a 1989 graduate of the OU College of Dentistry. He has been a member of the faculty at the OU College of Dentistry since 1996, after spending many years serving as a Commissioned Officer with the United States Public Health Service where he was assigned to the Navajo Area Indian Health Service and stationed at the Gallup Indian Medical Center.

He is an active member in many societies and organizations across the country including the American Dental Association, the Oklahoma Dental Association, and the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentists. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Haney has also received several other awards, prior to the Regent’s Professorship, including the Oklahoma Dental Association’s Presidents Leadership award in 2003 and 2008. 

Dr. Haney is only the second College of Dentistry faculty to receive this prestigious honor. The first dean of the college, Dr. William E. Brown, received the professorship in 1987. 

“The college is extremely proud of Dr. Haney and his unwavering dedication to our college, our students, and to the dental profession,” said Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S., dean of the OU College of Dentistry. “Through his leadership, our college is recruiting and graduating some of the nation’s brightest dental and dental hygiene students. And he has been instrumental in our goal of becoming one of the very best dental education programs across the country.”



The OU College of Dentistry is home to the state’s only doctor of dental surgery program and baccalaureate degree program in dental hygiene. More than 60 percent of the state of Oklahoma’s dentists are graduates of the OU College of Dentistry. The college provides general dental care and specialty care to Oklahomans through student, resident and faculty practice clinics. The OU College of Dentistry has established a reputation of training its students to provide the highest quality of clinical care available.