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Dr. Stephen Pachuta's message from the dean March 22, 2024

This month's message is a special thanks for donors

Gratitude for Giving

Many thanks and much appreciation for the outpouring of gifts to West Virginia University School of Dentistry on WVU Day of Giving! It is humbling to watch our supporters raise $1,388,990 in just 24 hours. That generosity helped us meet our scholarship challenges and earn bonus dollars for the number of participants and the dollars given. As successful as you made the day, the gifts shared on the other 364 days of the year do not go unnoticed. Every gift is valuable whether it is monetary or sharing your time, skills and talent with us.

Operating a school with undergraduate, professional and post-doctoral programs along with patient clinics is complex. We are fortunate to have a strong support system that includes alumni and friends and the West Virginia Dental Association, West Virginia University and Health Sciences Center leadership, West Virginia Board of Dentistry, WVU School of Dentistry Alumni Association, Leadership Council and rural faculty.

By the Numbers

  • $1,388,990 — Total amount raised
  • 78 — Total number of gifts
  • $12,500 — Bonus for overall dollars raised (Ranked 8th across WVU)
  • $1,900 — Bonus for overall number of gifts (Ranked 21st across WVU)
  • $750 — Bonus for recurring gifts challenge (Tied for 2nd across WVU)
  • $10,000 — Dean Pachuta scholarship challenge ($2,500 for every $5,000 raised)
  • $5,000 — Chancellor Marsh scholarship challenge ($5,000 for 15 gifts toward scholarship)

Gift Distribution

Donors shared gifts across a number of areas including:

  • Scholarships
  • Facilities
  • Veterans’ care
  • Patient care
  • Faculty enhancement
  • Student enrichment
  • Memorial gifts for former faculty, staff, alumni and veterans

Your determination to go above and beyond makes an incredible difference. Thank you for making this 7th marathon of giving our best-ever Day of Giving for the School of Dentistry.

Sharing our Appreciation

Stephen Pachuta“We are so very appreciative of the incredible generosity of so many who made our 2024 Day of Giving the most successful in the history of our school. This year’s focus on scholarship directly and significantly impacts the success of our students. Thank you again for making a difference in the future of our School of Dentistry, and the lives of our students and those entrusted to our care.”

Stephen Pachuta

Karen Coombs“I am humbled by your generosity and overall support. And if you gave on Day of Giving (or another time throughout the year) YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFFERENCE for our school and for the residents of West Virginia and beyond! Thank you!”

Karen Coombs
Director of Development