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Dr. Chadwick named ECU dental school dean

Greenville, N.C.—The East Carolina University has named Dr. Greg Chadwick, a past ADA president, as dean of its School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Chadwick served as ECU’s interim dean for the past year. School officials announced his appointment Sept. 21.

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Dr. Greg Chadwick

“I’m extremely pleased and honored with the appointment and the opportunity to work with our great faculty, staff and students,” Dr. Chadwick said.

“Dr. Chadwick has been a major force behind the School of Dental Medicine, so this appointment is richly deserved,” said ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard. “More than any other single person, Dr. Chadwick saw the necessity and the value of creating a statewide dental school with 10 service learning centers. This is a national model for serving underserved populations.”

Dr. Chadwick, ADA president in 2001-02, has held appointments as part-time clinical professor at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, and at the Carolinas Medical Center, where he was a faculty member for 25 years and chair of the endodontic section for 14 years.

He came to ECU in 2005 to lead the effort to obtain approval from the UNC system and the state legislature, as well as funding to establish the school. From 2008-11 he was associate dean for planning and extramural affairs as the school began hiring faculty and staff and admitted its first class.

University officials call the ECU community service learning centers “one of [Dr.] Chadwick’s signatures” on the dental school. “He championed the centers as a better way to prepare future dentists and dental residents to work in rural, underserved areas,” the school said in a statement announcing his appointment.

This past summer, ECU opened its first center in Ahoskie, N.C., and will open the second in Elizabeth City in the coming months. There are plans to build four others in underserved communities: Lillington in central North Carolina, Davidson County in the Triad, and Spruce Pine and Sylva in the mountains. Officials plan to build up to 10 centers across the state.

“The opportunities are nearly endless,” Dr. Chadwick said.

“Dr. Chadwick has a commitment and passion for the School of Dental Medicine, the unique curriculum model we are putting together and the service learning center model we have developed,” said Phyllis Horns, ECU vice chancellor for health sciences. “Students, faculty and staff reassured me that Dr. Chadwick is a good leader and would make an excellent dean.”

ECU enrolled its second class of 52 students in August. The school has a total of 104 students and is moving into its new home, the 188,000-square-foot Ross Hall, this fall. The North Carolina General Assembly has appropriated approximately $92 million to establish the new dental school.

Dr. Chadwick received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in the U.S. Naval Supply Corps for four years before entering dental school. After graduating from the UNC School of Dentistry, he practiced general dentistry in a community health center before entering his residency in endodontics. He earned a master’s degree in endodontics from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1976 and practiced endodontics in his hometown of Charlotte for 30 years.

He is a past president of the North Carolina Dental Society, the Second District Dental Society and the Southern Endodontic Study Group; a fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy; a founding member of the Holiday Dental Conference; and served for six years as speaker of the General Assembly of the FDI World Dental Federation in Geneva.