Dr. Donna Grant-Mills is Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at the Howard University College of Dentistry. She also serves as Project Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at Howard University. Dr. Grant-Mills is responsible for teaching, administration, and directing the implementation and operations of the RWJF Projects. Dr. Grant-Mills has over 40 years of progressive experience in health care to include dental assisting, dental hygiene, and general dentistry practice in diverse settings; allied dental and dental education; hospital based oral health care management; and community health program development. In addition, she serves as Faculty Liaison to the District of Columbia Dental Society for coordination of the Annual Give Kids a Smile Day, and maintains an active role on community health advisory boards and committees.
In 2005, Dr. Grant-Mills was chosen Humanitarian of the Year by the District of Columbia Dental Society in recognition of her work for the RWJF Pipeline Initiative in support of an oral health program to benefit underserved families in the District of Columbia. In 2006, she was one of three dental faculty members selected from dental schools across the country to receive the National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate Palmolive Outstanding Teacher Award. Also in 2006, she joined the staff at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Washington, DC as a Fellow in the “Enid Neidle Scholar-In-Residence Program” for the advancement of women in dental education. In 2011, the Village of Lincoln Heights, Ohio awarded Dr. Grant-Mills the “Legacy Award” for her contribution in medicine and public service, and in 2014, she received the “Community Spirit Award” from the District of Columbia Dental Society. Dr. Grant-Mills has published and presented scholarly papers in the U.S. and abroad. Her international presentations have been in Chester, United Kingdom; Salvador, Brazil; and Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Grant-Mills obtained the Certificate in Dental Assisting from Cincinnati Princeton High School; the Graduate Certificate in Dental Hygiene and Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from The Ohio State University; the Master Degree of Education from the University of Cincinnati; and the Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Howard University. She is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and holds membership in the American Dental Association, the District of Columbia Dental Society, National Dental Association, and the American Dental Education Association.