Tuesday, June 24, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - Dr. Connie L. Drisko, former Dean of the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Regents University, died Sunday after a short battle with acute myelogenous leukemia.
Drisko became the college’s third dean in 2003. During her tenure, she oversaw construction of a new clinical facility, one of the largest of its kind in the country, which opened in 2011.
Under Drisko’s leadership, the college twice received full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
In 2012, Drisko was awarded GRU’s inaugural employee Diversity Award for promoting and enhancing diversity among students and faculty.
“Connie’s passion for the College of Dental Medicine and dentistry in the state of Georgia was evident to everyone she met,” her successor, Dr. Carol Lefebvre said. “She poured her heart and life into getting us into this new building, and it stands as a monument to her tireless efforts. The CDM has lost a dear friend.”
"Connie was an energetic and tenacious leader, a force to be reckoned with in every sense of the phrase," said GRU President Ricardo Azziz.
After 10 years serving as Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Drisko left her leadership position in the Office of Advancement.
In the community, Drisko served on the Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA Board of Directors and received the 2011 Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
A private family service and burial will be held this week. A memorial service for friends and extended family is being planned for September. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors on Davis Road is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Connie Drisko's memory to the Georgia Health Sciences Foundation, 1120 15th Street, FI-1000, Augusta, GA 30912. Funds will be used to support the College of Dental Medicine's pediatric dentistry outreach programs and other efforts related to the oral health needs of children.