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We have exciting news to share about a major philanthropic gift that will support our students for decades to come.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently received a $3,000,000 irrevocable Charitable Remainder Trust from Mary Henriques, the widow of Dr. Jesse Henriques, who was Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni’s dental partner from decades ago. After graduating from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1950, Dr. Henriques practiced dentistry in South San Francisco for 50 years. This gesture to support our students is a testament to the lifelong professional bonds and personal friendships between the Henriques and the Dugoni family. We are greatly appreciative to Mary and the entire Henriques family for this inspiring gift.

Thanks to the Powell Match Program at University of the Pacific, we are also pleased to announce that the gift has qualified for an additional $1.5 million in matching funds from the Powell gift to support student scholarships at the Dugoni School.

This total gift of $4,500,000 is the second-largest individual contribution in the history of our dental school. It will move us closer to our goal of growing our student scholarships to offset the rising costs of dental education and associated student debt.

It is exciting to see this support of the next generation of Dugoni School students, especially when a gift is maximized for even greater impact through matching funds. Thank you to the dental school’s Development team and our University colleagues who collaborated together to steward the gift. Gifts of this magnitude involve many people playing key roles. In addition to Art Dugoni’s caring cultivation for many years, Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations Burnie Atterbury, as well as Jonelle Beck and Jim Dugoni in the Office of Gift Planning have worked closely with Jeff Rhode, our Associate Dean of Development at the Dugoni School, to receive this truly transformative gift.

If you would like to get involved in opportunities to support student scholarships or other aspects of the Dugoni School, I encourage you to contact Jeff Rhode at 415.749.3349 or to learn more. We will reach our goals with your help.

A belated welcome back from the holiday break. I hope you are still energized by the opportunity you had to relax, recharge, and spend time with family, friends, and others who are important in your lives.

As we start the New Year, it is a good opportunity for us to reflect and refocus on the educational experience we offer to our students. We will continue to provide an environment in which our students will become the best oral healthcare providers in the world, with a strong foundation in scientifically based practice. We will continue to align our academic and clinical programs to lead the future of oral health care. Together, the Dugoni School family will deliver excellence in dental education. We have an exciting year ahead.

One of the ways we will refocus is by reviewing our academic curriculum in order to look for ways to enhance it. Our integrated Helix Curriculum provides an effective framework for contemporary dental education. It is inspiring to see the Personalized Instructional Program (PIP) roll out as one of our last strands to be implemented. We have started to look for ways to refine the Helix Curriculum so we can continue to meet the needs of future oral healthcare providers. We will need your input as we reflect on our educational competencies to ensure that we are prepared for that future. I will share more information about the first step in this process during the upcoming week.

Our Facilities Project Committees and Strategic Planning Oversight Committee will also keep working on ways to enhance our school’s facilities, programs, and overall operations. Thank you to everyone who has provided input to these groups over the last few months. Your ideas will allow us to improve our school over both the short and long term. In my upcoming brown bags, you will learn more about changes we are making in response to your feedback.

We will continue to find ways for the Dugoni School family to gather in support of our humanistic culture. Please feel free to stop by the next “Coffee with the Cabinet” on Tuesday, February 16 between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the first floor. It is always an enjoyable opportunity to connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff in a casual way. I will also be instituting designated Open Office Hours for faculty, staff, and students. Further information about that will be forthcoming.

This week the Dugoni School welcomed Joanne Fox on her official first day as the new Director of the Alumni Association. We are excited she will be serving our alumni in this important role. Thank you to the alumni director search committee chair Bill van Dyk, and members Artie Adkins, Dan Castagna, Art Dugoni, Kimberly LaRocca, Bruce Toy, Mary Turoff and Andrea Woodson.

Thank you for everything you do to ensure that we remain focused on excellence in the educational experience we offer to our students. Here’s looking ahead to a year filled with growth and inspiration.

I would like to highlight a few special activities held recently that showcase the Dugoni School family spirit in action.

On Thursday, September 10, we held our second Coffee with the Cabinet. It is an informal opportunity for the school family to gather with members of my Cabinet to discuss ideas, socialize, and reflect a bit before the start of the day. We hope to see you at the next one on Tuesday, October 13.

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Our Alumni Association hosted a very successful Board of Directors meeting on Friday, September 11. More than 25 people participated, including several past presidents and student representatives. We discussed creating a stronger and more collaborative working relationship between the Alumni Association and the dental school. Thank you to President Bill van Dyk ’73 and our other leaders and volunteers. We are fortunate to have one of the strongest alumni networks of any dental school and I am always excited to discuss ways to enhance our alumni engagement strategies.

The school picnic on Saturday, September 12 was a great success. Approximately 300 people gathered at California’s Great America for the event. It was fun to see many families in attendance enjoying the theme park and getting to know each other outside of the school. Thank you to all who had the opportunity to stop by and a special thank you to picnic committee members Kamika Brown, Valeria Donald, Helene Huerto, Cindy Mar, and Maria Petersen.


Our Department of Orthodontics, along with Dr. Eddie Hayashida, recently demonstrated philanthropy by putting together a large box of supplies to send to the victims of the Valley Fire. Thanks to the group for this gesture that will make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Ortho donation Valley Fire

The Orthodontic residents also finished up their 27-month program last Friday, September 18. They celebrated with a graduation lecture on Friday followed by a dinner at the City Club. It was great to see the Dugoni Orthodontic community gather to celebrate the achievements of our newest Ortho graduates!

Thank you for a great quarter. I wish you all a good, well deserved break.

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD
Interim Dean



Over the last couple of weeks we had the opportunity to host many alumni and their families, leaders from organized dentistry, and special guests from around the world. Thank you for showing hospitality and the Dugoni School of Dentistry spirit of humanism during these visits.

The California Dental Association’s San Francisco conference was a big success, bringing thousands of dental professionals to our corner of the city. It was impressive to see that nearly 15 of our faculty members shared their expertise as speakers and many demonstrated one of our core values of leadership. Faculty members also led four workshops held in our school’s Anatomy Lab over the three days of C.E. programming.

During CDA, I hosted the deans of the California dental schools and the CDA leadership for a meeting at our school. We had a good discussion about the portfolio exam pathway to licensure, the Denti-Cal reimbursements rates and coverage for patients of dental schools, and other topics that affect us all as dental educators.

Alumni reception

Our alumni reception on Friday, August 21 was a well-attended event, with hundreds of alumni and their family members stopping by the school. Thank you to our Alumni Association board members, staff, volunteers, and our development team who made the event a success. It brought the school family together, reinforced connections among our alumni, and created some new connections. I would also like to thank U.S. Bank for sponsoring the reception. You can view photos of the reception online at

Our new facility continues to be a showcase for visitors, including international dental students and educators. Eight students from Peking University School of Stomatology are with us through September 2. Thank you to all who are making them feel welcome as they learn about our school and American dental education. We also recently hosted representatives from BYBO Dental Group, China’s largest group dental practice organization. All of these visitors are impressed with our people, programs, and new campus, and it is always fun to introduce them to students, faculty, and staff.

Peking students

Thank you for everything you do each day to showcase our values and welcome our visitors.