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Dennis J. Mcguire

Dennis McGuire

After serving as the executive director of the Wisconsin Dental Association for 21 years, Dennis McGuire will retire in May. He is not a dentist, but his leadership in dentistry has been key in building a strong relationship between the industry and Marquette’s School of Dentistry. Dennis has helped cultivate this relationship by working as a facilitator and collaborator with previous and current dental school leadership.

In the early 1990s, when the university was seriously considering the closure of the dental school, Dennis worked effectively to successfully convince the leadership of Marquette and the Wisconsin State Legislature that having a dental school in the state was critical for the ongoing oral health and well-being of its citizens.

Dennis played a significant role in helping the dental school with its lobbying efforts at the state and national levels. He has been inducted as an honorary member of the WDA, the American Dental Association, the International College of Dentists and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He also received the WDA President’s Award of Honor, the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame Award for Excellence in Association Management, and is the only non-dentist to receive the WDA Outstanding Service Award.

Although he is retiring, Dennis will continue working with the WDA to develop programs that aid dentists transitioning into retirement. “One of my daughters said recently that her father loved to go to work and looked forward to it each morning,” Dennis says. “That certainly has been the case for the past 21 years working with and for the dental community. I’ve enjoyed witnessing and being part of the transition that the WDA has experienced, from day-to-day operation to strategic planning.”


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