James D. Johnson, D.D.S., M.S., professor and chair of University of Washington’s School of Dentistry, was named the school’s interim dean on Oct. 25. Dr. Johnson, who has led his department with distinction since 2003, received his D.D.S. degree from Northwestern University and served as a U.S. Air Force dental officer at bases and hospitals in California, Vietnam and Colorado. After earning his Certificate in Endodontics and a master’s degree in 1985, he returned to active duty in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Navy Dental Corps in 2003. Dr. Johnson serves as a director on the American Board of Endodontics.