Keith W. Dickey, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine director for continuing education and alumni services, has been presented the Indiana University School of Dental Medicine 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.
“I never expected to receive this tremendous honor,” Dickey said. “I received this award exactly 44 years to the day of when I graduated from IU with my doctor of dental surgery degree. Graduating in 1974, it truly was a golden age of faculty members who helped mold my teaching experiences for a lifetime.”
After practicing general dentistry for six years post-graduation, Dickey realized through part-time teaching that his true calling was to be a dental educator. After selling his practice, he first directed the Illinois Central College Dental Auxiliary programs in Peoria. Soon thereafter, he moved to Alton to pursue a new opportunity at the SIU SDM.