Kenneth Chance, dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, was recently appointed the president of the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental honor society. Founded in 1914 by Professor G.V. Black, the organization represents and promotes the highest standards of scholarship, professionalism and ethics in dentistry.
The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine established the Upsilon Chapter in 1929, and the number of component chapters has steadily increased over the years, making this a national society. There are 59 active chapters, one at every dental school in the United States with one chapter located in Canada and one in Puerto Rico.
This year, Chance celebrates his 30th anniversary as a member of this organization, after being elected to membership in the OKU chapter of the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, and later joining three other chapters.
Chance’s desire to enhance the lives of individuals and communities through the art, science and literature of dentistry aligns well with OKU’s mission.