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Landers to lead National Museum of Dentistry

Jonathan W. Landers is the new executive director of the National Museum of Dentistry.
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Tue. 12 January 2010


BALTIMORE, MD, USA: The National Museum of Dentistry — located in Baltimore but serving the world — has a new leader at the helm. Jonathan W. Landers, a non-profit executive with more than 30 years of experience in marketing, museum and corporate leadership, is the museum’s new executive director.

Landers took the helm on 4 January. He succeeds Rosemary Fetter, who retired in June 2009 after leading the museum for 11 years. Elza Dunning, the museum’s director of operations, served as interim director.

“Mr. Landers was selected from a broad range of candidates as the individual who would be best able to assume this role and allow the National Museum of Dentistry to realize its potential and continue to grow,” Dr Leslie W. Seldin, chair of the National Museum of Dentistry’s Board of Visitors, said in a press release announcing the appointment. “With Mr. Landers’ assumption of his new responsibilities, I feel confident that 2010 will prove to be a banner year for the museum and one in which we will be able to accomplish all of our strategic goals.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of the National Museum of Dentistry as it provides a unique opportunity to use fascinating history, fun facts and engaging educational outreach to highlight the importance of a healthy smile,” Landers said in the press release. “I look forward to growing the museum’s role as a leading resource to influence public awareness of oral health and the critical role that dental professionals play in this effort.”

Landers has had significant senior level nonprofit management experience overseeing staff and operations, working with board members, directing fund-raising activities, and developing successful earned revenue, membership, sponsorship and marketing programs.

“Mr. Landers’ background includes talent and experience in program development, fund-raising and institutional management for various organizations,” said Michael Sudzina, National Museum of Dentistry Board of Visitors member and chair of the search committee. “His interest and enthusiasm for joining the museum made him the ideal fit.”

The National Museum of Dentistry is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and it is the only museum of its kind to celebrate the history of the dental profession. Its mission is to educate the public about the importance of good oral health.

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