Dr. Leo E. Rouse serves as Interim Deputy Provost for Health Sciences at Howard University, and is dean and clinical professor of the universityís College of Dentistry, from which he graduated in 1973. Dr. Rouse served with distinction in the U.S. Army Dental Corps for 24 years, culminating with a final assignment as Commander and Chief Operating Officer of the U. S. Army Dental Command. He retired in 1997 at the rank of colonel. Dr. Rouse joined the faculty at Howard in 1997 as associate dean for clinical affairs and chair of the Department of Clinical Dentistry. He was appointed interim dean in 2003 and dean in 2004.
Dr. Rouse is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the Hispanic Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, the American Association of Dental Boards, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. As the American Dental Education Associationís representative, Dr. Rouse served on the expert panel charged with developing core competencies for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). He is a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; is a past member of the American Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors; and holds active membership on the Board of Directors of the National Childrenís Oral Health Foundation; the Board of Directors of Oral Health America; and the Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
In March 2010, he was elected president-elect of ADEA, and on March 17, 2011, was installed as the first African-American president of ADEA. In March 2013, he completed his three-year tenure as an ADEA principal officer and board member. Dr. Rouse serves as an onsite mentor for the ADEA Leadership Institute in association with the Academy of Academic Leadership. In 2009, he was the recipient of the ADEA Presidential Citation for distinguished service to the association and dedication to advancing the dental education community.
Other recognitions include the coveted Howard University College of Dentistry Alumni Achievement Award in 1997 for distinguished service to the country and the profession of dentistry; the 2011 Sterling V. Mead Award from the District of Columbia Dental Society; and the 2011 Legend Award from the National Dental Association. Dr. Rouse is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Society for Esthetic Dentistry and a reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education.