|11:45 a.m.||School of Dental Medicine Diploma Ceremony||
Cleveland Museum of Art
Dr. Raymond Gist received his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force before entering private dental practice.
Before he was chosen president-elect by the 2009 House of Delegates in Honolulu, Dr Gist had completed a four-year term on the ADA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the 9th District, which represents Wisconsin and Michigan. He had also served as a delegate and on the Reference Committee on Dental Benefits, Practice and Health as well as chair of the Diversity Committee.
In addition to being past president of the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) and the Genesee District Dental Society, he also is a past president of the Mid-State Dental Study Group, of which he is a founder. He served on the MDA Board of Trustees and as MDA secretary from 1994-1997. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and enjoys memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry and the National Dental Association. He is a delegate to the FDI World Dental congress and served as trustee liaison to the ADPAC (American Dental Political Action Committee) Board of Directors.
His numerous awards and honors include a State of Michigan Legislative Tribute, the Michigan Dental Association Public Relations Award, and a United Negro College Fund Outstanding Participation Award.