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Dear Dugoni School Family,

Thank you for everything you have done to make 2016 a successful year! I want to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and New Year filled with health, success, and happiness.  Please click the image below to view a special holiday greeting.

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD

Fellow friends and leaders from the Class of 1994 gathered during one of the many CDA events in San Francisco.

Leadership takes many forms at the Dugoni School. It might be an enthusiastic new staff member volunteering to chair a school committee. A student who organizes a study club to help fellow students, or steps up as a class officer to represent her classmates. A faculty member who offers to co-lead an outreach project in the community. Or an alumnus whose impact goes beyond the walls of his practice through involvement in a local chamber of commerce or neighborhood association.

One of my favorite notions is that dental professionals and dental educators are all leaders by nature of our jobs. Patients look up to us to lead, to give them trusted advice about what’s intimately important to them — their health. Students look up to us for sage guidance, training and encouragement about their future. In our private practices, staff members turn to us regularly to make choices that impact the success of the practice.

Leadership is identified as one of our school’s seven core values. Along with humanism, I think that leadership is one of the most important values that makes a Dugoni-trained dental professional stand out in the dental field.

Leadership was on full display at the recent CDA Fall Session in San Francisco. The Dugoni School’s influence was felt deep and wide at the event. Many of our faculty led CE courses, our CDA student leaders participated in events and other volunteers from our school helped make the event a success.

You may have read in CDA program that the CDA Fall Session was dedicated to our very own Dr. Craig Yarborough '80, senior development officer. In addition to his duties at the Dugoni School, Craig also serves as Speaker of the House for the California Dental Association. What a tremendous honor for Craig to be recognized for his leadership by the CDA. He and other school alumni certainly have made their mark on the profession through their involvement in organizations such as CDA, ADA and ADEA, to name a few.

Another opportunity to lead will be at the CDA Cares event in Stockton, October 15-16. We look forward to seeing many of you who will join our school volunteers in caring for underserved people in the Central Valley. If you’d like to get involved, please visit this page.

Thanks to our entire Dugoni School community for everything you do each day to be leaders in your homes, dental practices and communities.

July was a month of new beginnings in so many ways. I’m honored and excited to have started my first month as the ninth Dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Thank you to everyone who sent notes of congratulation. Your show of support means a lot as I enter this next chapter in my involvement with the school.

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In the second week of July, we had the pleasure to welcome our new students to the Dugoni School family. You would be proud of these talented young professionals and we hope you get to meet some of them soon! The students had a whirlwind week that included Matriculation Day, a family welcome luncheon, orientation activities and the start of classes. Their busy first week was capped off with a tasty cioppino dinner hosted by the Alumni Association and cooked by alumni volunteers. The following day, our DDS Class of 2018, IDS Class of 2018 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2017 celebrated the start of their clinical experience during the White Coat Ceremony, attended by nearly 1,000 family and friends at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Some of you may remember your own white coat ceremony. This grand tradition started in the mid 1990s when the Dugoni School became the first dental school in America to hold a white coat ceremony. View photos >>


As an alumnus of our school, I know that our close-knit alumni network is one of our school’s distinguishing traits. As Dean, I look forward to staying in touch and seeing many of our alumni family at upcoming events. We recently gathered with a group of Los Angeles-area alumni at a July 23 dinner hosted by Dean Salo DDS ’92 and his wife Renata at their beautiful home. It was a fun opportunity to relive some Dugoni School memories and catch up with our LA alumni and friends. The following day, more than 100 people turned out for the Dugoni School’s annual “Day at the Races” event at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar. A big thanks to Cheri Howell Reynold, former Alumni Association board member, for getting the word out about the event, which attracted our largest turnout ever! We are also organizing regional alumni dinners in the Phoenix and Portland areas. For those coming to San Francisco for CDA Presents, please join us at the Alumni Association reception on Friday, Sept. 9, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the school. Please watch your inbox for further details.

One of my favorite quotes recently is from Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My mentor, Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, along with so many other members of the Dugoni School family, have been giants in my life. They’ve been giants in many of your lives as well. I hope we all take some time to remember the “greats” we have met in our personal and professional lives. Each of us, too, has the capability to become a giant to someone else. Don't underestimate the positive influence you can have on the lives of your family, friends, patients, and community.

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In this time of new beginnings, I’m proud to be part of the Dugoni School family. Our long-lasting legacy of excellence, commitment to our people and programs, and bright vision for the future makes this an exciting place to be.

Did you know that an endowment is the longest-lasting way to support excellence at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry?

Gifts to endowments reach across generations. Endowments are carefully invested in perpetuity, generating interest each year. With the interest payouts, we can do wonderful things to support our people and programs.

I’m excited to share two examples of how two endowments are supporting our outstanding faculty.

Dr. Sheldon Baumrind has just been selected as the first Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Endowed Professor of Orthodontics at the Dugoni School. This is a significant academic achievement in honor of his many years of positive impact on the school’s Orthodontic Department and leadership in his field. Gifts from Dr. Dugoni and other donors made this endowed position a reality. You can read more about Dr. Baumrind here.


Dr. Cindy Lyon ’86 was recently selected as the first James R. Pride, DDS and Carolyn L. Pride Endowed Chair for Practice Management. Dr. Lyon is a long-standing leader who currently serves as chair of our Department of Dental Practice and Community Programs. A generous gift from the Pride family provided funding for this role.  Please read the full news story here.


Endowed faculty positions significantly aid the school by providing funding for a faculty member, thus allowing the school to direct money that would otherwise have been spent on salaries toward other school needs. The endowments will provide an annual payout of approximately four percent, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars each year to support teaching and scholarship.

Many of you know the impact that Dr. Baumrind and Dr. Lyon have made, and continue to make, on our students, faculty, staff and patients. They are inspiring educators who represent the very best of the Dugoni School family. Being selected for an endowed role is a tremendous academic accomplishment that will give them greater resources for teaching and scholarship to support our students.

If you’ve ever thought about creating an endowment, we have an exciting new opportunity through University of the Pacific’s Powell Match program. The fund will match new endowment gifts of $50,000 or more on a dollar-for-dollar basis. That means your gifts will go twice as far in supporting the success of our students and faculty. Those who would like to learn more about establishing an endowment are invited to contact Jeff Rhode, Associate Dean for Development, at 415.749.3349 or

Thank you to the many alumni who have contributed to existing endowments, established new endowments, or supported our other avenues of philanthropy. Because of you, we are able to keep the Dugoni School at the very forefront of dental education worldwide.