Gordon Isbell elected national co-chairman of American Dental Association Political Action Committee
Gordon Roswell Isbell III received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Auburn University in 1976 and has been a dentist in his hometown, Gadsden, Ala., for 31 years. He has served on the COSAM Dean’s Leadership Council since 2010, and he is a member of the Auburn University Samford Society. Isbell finished dental school at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1981, and in 1995, he completed the requirements for Mastership Academy of General Dentistry.
Isbell was recently elected as national co-chairman of the American Dental Association Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C., which represents 157,000 dentists. The responsibility is merely one among a resume that is extensive and includes serving as national trustee of the Academy of General Dentistry, or AGD. He has served on the board of directors of the Alabama chapter of AGD since 1983, and he was the youngest person to ever serve as president of the group. He presently serves on the National Credentials and Elections Council for AGD. Additionally, Isbell is a past delegate from Alabama to the American Dental Association, has served on the Alabama Dental Association’s board of trustees, and has been a member of both groups since 1980.
He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International Academy of Dento- Facial Esthetics.
Isbell’s expertise has been sought by numerous national publications, including well-known magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Men’s Health, and he has been the invited speaker at multiple meetings and workshops around the U.S.
Isbell is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: the Alabama Dental Association Silver Certificate for 25 years of service; the Most Excellent Fellow, Distinguished Dentist in the State award from the Alabama Dental Association; the Hoyt Lee Outstanding Kiwanian in Alabama award from the Alabama State Key Club Convention; and the Outstanding Volunteer, State of Alabama award from the National Kidney Foundation. He was also named an Honorary Lt. Col. Aide-de-camp in the Alabama State Militia and was a Jaycees Distinguished Service Award Nominee.
His service extends beyond the realm of dentistry, and he recently retired from 21 years of service as a member of the board of directors of Compass Bank BBVA; he has been involved with the Etowah County Auburn Club since 1981; and has been an active member of the Gadsden Kiwanis Club since 1982.
In addition to the COSAM Leadership Council, Isbell is a member of the Henry Schein Oral Health Dental Advisory Board and the Dean’s Leadership Council at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry.
Isbell and his wife, Cindy Condra Isbell, reside in Gadsden. They have five children—three sons and two daughters—and are members of First United Methodist Church of Gadsden.
- Photo courtesy of Gordon Isbell