ADA President Raymond Gist.

ADA President Raymond Gist, D.D .S., said making the announcement open public reinforces the ADA’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive occupation, moving us forward in a fresh spirit of collaboration to advance the dental job and the teeth’s health of the public. ‘In looking ahead, we also must look back,’ stated Dr. Gist, the 1st African American to serve as ADA president. ‘Along with acknowledging past mistakes and to create a stronger, collaborative system for future accomplishments, the ADA apologizes to dentists for not enforcing non-discriminatory membership practices ahead of 1965 strongly.’ Improvements in diversity Dr.