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Dean Nadershahi wrote this message to the school on Sept. 24. A memorial website has been set up here.

This morning I would like to dedicate today’s daily message in honor of Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni.

Yesterday was a difficult day for us as we learned that Dr. Dugoni passed away peacefully in the early morning.  I am still reflecting on the impact he made on his beautiful family, the Dugoni School family, on our profession, and on our communities over the decades. He inspired us to pursue excellence and greatness. He made our lives better through his humanistic touch, his words of encouragement, and his actions large and small that spoke volumes.  There is not a day that passes when I do not reflect on the example that he has set for me as a mentor, friend, and father figure.

After I sent out the announcement yesterday about his passing, I have heard so many kind words of reflection from you, our alumni family, and friends. He certainly touched many lives.

We are planning more opportunities for remembrance of Dr. Dugoni. As those details come together and there are any further updates from the family, we will share them with you so we can celebrate the impact he made on us all.

It would be appropriate to end with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni.

At Pacific, we grow people and along the way they become doctors [or dental hygienists].”

Be well, and my deepest sympathies to the Dugoni and Dugoni School families.

Arthur Dugoni

We have some noteworthy news to share about Professor Eve Cuny who has been leading our health and safety protocol. She has been selected as the co-recipient of the 2020 Excellence in a Nonprofit Organization Award by the Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund for her lifelong commitment to education of the dental community and the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Shils Awards are given annually to recognize individuals, organizations, and programs that have made significant positive impacts on the oral health community and the health of the public. Professor Cuny has been an invaluable resource to the Dugoni School and it is exciting to see her recognized at a national level with this award. Her expertise on environmental health and safety, infection control protocols, and many other areas has been extremely helpful. The awards will be formally announced this fall.

In addition, Professor Cuny has recently contributed chapters about infection control and prevention to two new textbooks: Burt and Eklund’s Dentistry, Dental Practice, and the Community, Seventh Edition and Darby and Walsh, Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition. Both are published by Elsevier. Congratulations to Professor Cuny for all the ways you are working to educate the dental community!

I am grateful every day for the expert dedicated team of faculty and staff that we have working to keep us in the forefront of dental education and oral healthcare.

In other news, we recently gathered online on June 29 to celebrate a very significant milestone: Dean Emeritus Art Dugoni's 95th birthday. Friends and admirers shared messages and recollections, which you can also enjoy in this video.

Dear Dugoni School Family,

Leadership is one of the Dugoni School’s core values, and I would like to recognize one of our alumni and faculty members for stepping up to be an important voice of the dental profession during California’s economic recovery.

Dr. Natasha Lee ‘00, assistant professor and course director of practice management and jurisprudence, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to California’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. She is serving on this task force, along with numerous high-profile CEOs and other leaders across all industry sectors. Congratulations Dr. Lee on your involvement in this important initiative, and thank you for reaching out to see how you can support dental education and our practicing dental community.

Leadership will be important at all levels as we work together to adapt to the impacts caused by the pandemic. The Dugoni School is fortunate to have many other leaders in our ranks. Our students, residents, faculty, staff, and alumni are involved in community organizations, dental societies and associations, special interest groups, student organizations, and many other initiatives. I would also like to thank our student leaders and class officers for stepping up to represent your classes. Your input and feedback from the student body is very important to me and our other administrators so we can continue to hear and understand your concerns and work together toward solutions. Open and transparent lines of communication are essential for our continued success.

Thank you for what you all do each day to demonstrate our core value of leadership. Even seemingly small acts of leadership can make a big impact on the people around us and lead to a better world. Thank you all for growing as leaders during these challenging times.

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."
—Ralph Nader  (I like his last name)

Dear Dugoni School family,

University of the Pacific’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee have shared an update following its recent meeting. I encourage you to read the message to learn more about the status of the search, the position profile, opportunities for feedback and other news.

Input from Pacific’s many constituents will play an important role in helping the committee identify a highly qualified group of candidates. The Dugoni School is represented on the committee through the involvement of myself, Dr. Cindy Lyon, our associate dean for Oral Health Education, and Mr. Gary Mitchell, a regent and board member of the Dugoni School Foundation.

Sincerely,

​Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD