New dean for the Missouri school is announced


The Surgeon General announced the retirement of Dr. Chris Halliday as Chief of staff to the Surgeon General to become the inaugural Dean of the new Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health on ATSU’s main campus in Kirksville. 

In this innovative new school, students will spend their first two years in Kirksville and the last two years based in St. Louis. Discussions are ongoing with a Community Health Center in St. Louis to partner in the clinical education of the students. Applications are being accepted this June for the first class entering July of 2013.  It will be a class of 40. 

Press release:

February 17, 2012

Fellow Officers, staff, and friends

It is with mixed emotions, but with tremendous pride, I announce that RADM Christopher Halliday, Chief of Staff, has been selected to serve as Dean of the A.T. Still University, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, in Kirksville, Missouri.

 RADM Halliday has dedicated 24-years of service to the United States Commissioned Corps and will now be taking on new challenges in the development of the school and education of dental professionals. He will have an opportunity to share his passion of service to the underserved and vulnerable populations with his students, ensuring a new generation of Commissioned Corps recruits. RADM Halliday will be retiring from the Commissioned Corps on May 1, 2012 to start his new role and responsibilities in the academia field.

 Chris has had a career of outstanding service with the Indian Health Service, spanning from a remote dental clinic in Barrow, Alaska to the agency’s headquarters located in Rockville, Maryland. He’s served as Chief Professional Officer of the Dental Category for four years, from May 1, 2006 to June 1, 2010. In November 2010, I had the honor of appointing Chris my Chief of Staff to the Office of the Surgeon General.

Chris has shown strong leadership and fortitude over the past 15-months. He has performed his duties exceptionally well, particularly as we transition to our new accountability structure. I will personally miss his dedication and commitment to the welfare of the Office of the Surgeon General and the Commissioned Corps. His knowledge, skills, insight, character, and friendship will be missed by us all. It is good to know, however, we will have a strong advocate in the academic community.

To ensure a smooth transition, I will shortly be posting the opening position of Chief of Staff. I encourage senior Commissioned Corps officers to apply to serve in this important leadership role. Please join me in wishing RADM Halliday the very best as he enters the next phase of his stellar career.


Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA

Surgeon General

Vice Admiral, US Public Health Service