Skinner, DDS, MS, PA
Day, held on September 21, drew an audience of
306 alumni, students, and faculty. Celebrating
40 years of education, the 27-member dental
class of 1972, the first graduating class of the
LSUHSC School of Dentistry (LSUSD), was
recognized. The all-day event raised over
$21,000 to benefit the school and the LSUSD
Alumni Association. Dental classes celebrating
reunions in 2012 contributed a total of $140,660
to benefit the various initiatives and programs
of the school. The dental class of 1972
contributed the highest total ($44,900), and
also, the highest percentage of their classmates
participated in the campaign (63%).
individuals were honored during the day for
their contributions to dentistry and dental
education. Robert Lee Skinner, DDS ’86, was
named the 2012 Alumnus of the Year and Dr. Shu
Cheuk, longtime faculty member, received the
Shawky Mohamed Distinguished Faculty Award.
resident of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Dr. Skinner
came to LSUSD after receiving his BA in zoology
and an MS in cytogenetics from the University of
Arkansas. After graduation, he returned to Fort
Smith to practice dentistry, raise a family, and
serve his community.
Skinner has served in many leadership roles. On
a national level, after completing his four-year
term on the American Dental Association Council
on ADA Sessions in 2009, he was elected by the
council to serve as the ADA annual session
general chairman for the organization’s 150th
anniversary celebration in Honolulu, Hawaii. He
is the current ADA District 12 Delegate and
past-president of the Arkansas State Dental
1992, due to his efforts as co-founder of the
Community Dental Clinic in Fort Smith, he
received the Community Service Award presented
by the Office of the Governor and KARK-TV and
the 699th Point of Light Award presented by
former President George H.W. Bush. The clinic
provides free dental services to the
underprivileged and the indigent.
Addressing a dental hygienist shortage in
Arkansas’ northwest region, Dr. Skinner formed a
task force in 1996 to develop a dental hygiene
training program at a local community college.
Westark Community College, now known as the
University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS),
graduated its first class of hygienists in 2001.
In the program’s third year, it was rated 16 out
of 240 nationwide in national board scores.
Dr. Skinner is a member of the Pierre Fauchard
Academy, the American Dental Association, the
Arkansas State Dental Association, the Northwest
Dental District Society, and the Fort Smith
Dental Association. He is also a fellow of the
International College of Dentists and the
American College of Dentists.
D. Duckworth, DDS ’89, nominated Dr. Skinner for
the Alumnus of the Year Award. He wrote, “Dr.
Skinner has remained committed to providing
outstanding dentistry to his patients while also
serving his community and the field of dentistry
as a whole. I cannot think of a more deserving
here to read more about
Dr. Cheuk’s accomplishments will be highlighted
in the next issue of E-News.
LSUSD charter class of 1972
thanks to Accupal, the lead sponsor, and
co-sponsors Campus Federal Credit Union,
Carestream, Delta Dental Insurance, GC America,
Ivoclar-Vivadent, Kool Smiles, and P&G Crest
Oral-B for their support of Alumni Day.