Legacy of Leadership

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.