I bring greetings from the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine and thank you for the warm and generous welcome you have extended to me. I joined the College on October 1, 2017 on the heels of an extremely successful accreditation site visit. For this success, my sincere gratitude goes to the entire team of deans, chairs, directors, faculty, and staff. Our outstanding outcome is a testament to the hard work and quality of education we provide at the College.
Eight deans have preceded me and built an outstanding team of leaders, teachers, clinicians, and alumni whose influence is felt throughout the world. It is upon their shoulders that I humbly stand. Every so often, I look with awe at the signage outside the College and am reminded of the legacy of Dr. James B. Edwards.
In my initial months at MUSC, I have learned and continue to learn a great deal about the College. I have held open town halls to continue to engage the faculty, staff, and students and am impressed by their extraordinary talent and candor. I have reiterated with the students that they are the reason we are here, that we value their feedback, and that we remain committed to providing them with best skill sets to ensure lifelong success. We encourage our alumni and students to remain connected, particularly as our young dentists’ transition into their careers.
Soon after my arrival, I was fortunate to attend the rededication of the Macaulay Museum and want to express my appreciation to the alumni and friends whose generosity helped make this a reality. As we advance into the digital age, the museum reminds us of the amazing progress our profession has made. For those of you who have not yet seen the renovated museum, please join us for a tour during our alumni weekend in April.
My promise to you, our partners in organized dentistry, our patients, and the College is one of openness, transparency, respect, and striving for excellence. We welcome you to our College. We will continue to build upon our past successes and train the dentists, specialist and educators that will serve and impact our communities and state. We are in challenging time nationally in dental and oral health education however with support, diligence and perseverance, I believe we will not only succeed but triumph. I ask for your support to tell our compelling story to your friends, community and state.