Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S., is currently professor and dean emeritus of the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. He is one of the world's leading authorities on craniofacial development and genetic birth defects. He began his tenure as dean of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in August 2000, and completed his tenure on December 31, 2008.
He received with honors a B.A. in English literature in 1961 at USC and earned his D.D.S. from the School of Dentistry in 1965. As dean, his leadership team was responsible for many innovations in education and teaching, research and discovery, patient and community health care, and leadership. They introduced “learner-centered” education, community outreach programs from San Luis Obispo, California, to the Mexican border, interdisciplinary education and research programs, globalization programs, increased professional continuing education programs, a new Oral Health Center, major renovations of all clinics, new imaging and microbiology testing facilities, and expansions of research.