Robert A. Vitas, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE serves as Executive Director of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He has worked in nonprofits and foundations most of his professional life, including directing Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Vitas was also regional training and development manager for Eastman Kodak's photofinishing subsidiary, with responsibility for technical, production, and management training in the Northern United States and Canada.
A Certified Association Executive and Certified Fund Raising Executive, Dr. Vitas has served on several nonprofit boards. He chaired the Association Forum of Chicagoland's Professional Practices Committee, co-chaired the Foundation & Development Shared Interest Group, was a member of the Editorial Content Working Group, and now serves on the CAE Working Group.
Dr. Vitas earned his Ph.D. in political science at Loyola University of Chicago and is a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University. He has published four books and over two dozen scholarly articles, chapters, and reviews. He served as an enlisted man and commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve.