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New Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Announced

Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

New Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Announced 

On January 3, the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry announced Zachary Dacus, D.D.S., as the new Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. 

“Dr. Dacus has been an excellent mentor and teacher to the students,” said Paul Mullasseril, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the college. “He will continue to be engaged with students as their advisor and advocate to ensure they have the opportunities for a successful experience in their dental education.” 

Dr. Dacus attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2004. He joined the faculty at the OU College of Dentistry in 2015. 

“Dean Mullasseril asked me to fill a need within the Dean’s office,” said Dr. Dacus. “My current involvement in a variety of courses has given me an appreciation for the expectations placed on our students. I will do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.”

Dr. Dacus will continue to serve as Division Head of Operative Dentistry at the college and will work closely with Kevin Haney, D.D.S., Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for a smooth transition. Congratulations, Dr. Dacus! 




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.