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Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S, J.D., M.H.S.A.

Dr. Mert N. Aksu was named Dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in June 2008; he has served as a faculty member and administrator since 1993.

Dean Aksu earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of Michigan Dearborn, D.D.S. from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, J.D. from Wayne State University, and a M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Aksu is a former attending staff member at Henry Ford Health Systems, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a Fellow with the American College of Legal Medicine, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dean Aksu has held numerous administrative positions at the School, including associate dean for Clinic Administration and executive associate dean. Through his leadership, he began numerous activities to further the mission of Detroit Mercy and the School of Dentistry. He was the founding chairperson of the Department of Patient Management, enhanced community outreach opportunities, and fostered an environment of patient care based on a comprehensive care model.

Office of the Dean

Assistant to the Dean


Dana Hart, M.A.
(313) 494-6621

DC 468

Assistant Dean for Student Services & Enrollment

Juliette Daniels

Juliette Daniels, M.A.

(313) 494-6850

DC 470

Associate Dean for Academic Administration

Judith Jones

Judith A. Jones, D.D.S., M.P.H., D.Sc.D.
(313) 494-6656


Assistant Dean of Business and Finance

Maureen Lennox

Maureen Lennox, M.B.A.
(313) 494-6610

DC 462

Assistant Dean of Clinic Administration


Timothy Saunders, D.D.S.
Clinical Professor
(313) 494-6750

DC 2265

Assistant Dean of Educational Development and Assessment


Kathi Shepherd, R.D.H, M.S.
Associate Professor
(313) 494-6693

DC 453

Assistant Dean of Research and Scholarly Achievement


Michelle Wheater, Ph.D.
(313) 494-6634

DC 430

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