Through A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, we ask you to invest in the School of Dentistry: in our students, our faculty, and our programs. Our vision is to transform lives and eliminate health disparities for West Virginians starting with excellence in oral health.
New Facility Construction and Technology Enhancements
The practice of dentistry has transformed dramatically over the years. Our facilities need to keep pace. To focus on excellence in education, patient care, research, services and cutting edge technology we must invest in a state-of-the-art facility. Our current facility is more than 60 years old and does not allow for any additional growth. The labs and clinics cannot accommodate a larger class of DDS or Dental Hygiene students or growth in graduate specialty programs. Additional office space is necessary to attract more research-oriented faculty members. And to remain competitive, we must modernize the School’s appearance.
Technology in dentistry has exploded. Digital imaging and implant placement, 3-D impressions, use of lasers, CAD-CAM fabrication of restorations, and paperless electronic health records are just some of the advances making dental care more comfortable, less invasive, and more evidence-based. We need to expose our students to appropriate, cutting-edge technologies so they will be prepared for practice when they graduate.
Naming opportunities are available for alumni and friends with donations to support construction of a new facility and technology enhancements.
Investment Total: $10 Million
Endowed Faculty Positions
There are hundreds of openings for full-time dental faculty across the United States. These positions are not easily filled, as the salary gap between an academic dentist and one in private practice is approximately $150,000 annually. To help make academic positions more attractive, we seek funds to create endowed professorships in endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics (restorative dentistry), and periodontics. These endowed chairs will help narrow the salary gap,
allowing us to recruit talented top-tiered clinician-scientists who will advance oral health knowledge, research, and practice.
Donors select a name for their permanent endowed fund that a faculty member will carry with them while appointed to the position at the School of Dentistry.
Investment Total: $5 Million
Dental education is expensive. The average graduate leaves school with nearly $160,000 of debt and faces an additional $250,000 in expenses to establish a new practice. Rural areas urgently need more dentists, but those practice locations don’t typically pay well. We need to do more to attract a diverse array of students and provide them with adequate scholarship support to reduce the debt load. Our goal is to make sure the best and brightest students aren’t limited in attending dental school or in choosing a post-graduate practice location by their ability to pay back student debt.
Donors select a name for their permanent endowed scholarship fund that is awarded annually to a dental or dental hygiene student.
Investment Total: $4 Million