The head of the world’s oldest dental profession announced on Thursday he will leave Penn University in May for a new dental practice in California.
Dr. David Segal will join the dental school in Los Angeles and will take on the duties of president, associate vice president and associate dean, according to Penn spokesman Dan Pfeifer.
He will be joined by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Michael D. Mays.
Segal’s announcement came on the same day that the school announced the hiring of a new associate dean for research.
The move comes as the nation’s top dental school faces increasing scrutiny over its high graduation rate and dwindling enrollment.
Penn’s graduation rate dropped from 81 percent in 2015 to 75 percent in 2016, a decrease of nearly 4 percentage points.
Penn’s graduation rates fell at every other major school in the nation, except Harvard, which has seen its graduation rates increase by nearly 7 percentage points over the past decade.
The school has had a long history of struggles in terms of recruiting and retention.
The university, whose campus sits on the banks of the Susquehanna River, has been embroiled in multiple scandals in recent years, including the hiring and firing of several top administrators and students over a lack of transparency.
In February, Penn announced it was suspending a plan to open a new campus in suburban Philadelphia, where it is located.