Endowments and Excellence

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 jrhode@pacific.edu.

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.