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Hupp named to lead dental school at ECU

Greenville, N.C.—Dr. James R. Hupp, dean of the dental school at the University of Mississippi since 2002, will be the founding dean of the new East Carolina University School of Dentistry. His tenure begins Nov. 1.

"This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to help lead the creation of an educational institution," said Dr. Hupp, also a member of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure. "I feel my entire professional life has prepared me for the work necessary to carry forward the vision of a dental school that prepares individuals to become community and service-minded primary care dentists."

"Jim Hupp is a superb leader and educator with remarkable breadth and depth of experience," said ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, Ph.D. "He has impeccable credentials and skills. He is a lead author of one of the world's best-known dental textbooks, author of a large number of book chapters and scientific articles and editor-in-chief of an international dental journal.

Added Dr. Ballard: "He was a member of the team that reviewed the initial plan for our dental school two years ago, and we expect him to help us develop a new model for dental education."

"We had a remarkably strong field of candidates who were drawn by ECU's reputation in health care and by the opportunity to build a new dental school," said Phyllis Horns, interim vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU. "Even in that group, Dr. Hupp stood out."

Dr. Hupp's experience includes faculty posts at the University of Maryland Medical System, University of Maryland Dental School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the University of Connecticut Health Center.

He holds a dental degree from Harvard University, a medical degree from the University of Connecticut, a law degree from Rutgers University and a master's of business administration degree from Loyola College in Maryland.

Dr. Greg Chadwick, a past ADA president (2001-02), has been working with ECU to develop the school to this point in his role as associate vice chancellor and interim dean.

The North Carolina General Assembly, in the recently completed session, appropriated $69 million to complete the construction of the ECU dental school, which expects to enroll its first students in 2011. It will be the second dental school in the state and will include education centers and clinics in eight to 10 areas across the state where third- and fourth-year students will complete their dental education. The legislature also provided $1.5 million in operating funds for the school for this academic year.