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$3.2 million Delta Dental gift

OU College of Dentistry renovations underway

June 17, 2013

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

OU thanks: From left OU College of Dentistry Dean Stephen K. Young, Delta Dental Scholar Melissa French, Delta Dental of Oklahoma president and CEO John Gladden, University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren and Senior Vice President and Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Medicine Dewayne Andrews.

Delta Dental: Terrisa Singleton, manager of Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation and OU President David L. Boren
Oklahoma City—The largest single gift ever to the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, a $3.2 million lead gift from the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation, will support “significant renovations” toward the training of tomorrow's dental professionals, the University and Delta Dental of Oklahoma presidents said.

This completes funding for the first phase of a $20 million renovation project underway at the OU College of Dentistry.

“The entire University is deeply grateful for the exceptional gifts by the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation to the College of Dentistry,” said OU President David L. Boren. “It is truly a transformative gift which will help keep our college among the very best in the nation.” He said he is recommending that the OU Board of Regents name the building's comprehensive care clinics floor for Delta's Oral Health Foundation.

“Our business and our Oral Health Foundation depend on having a supply of the best trained dentists throughout the state,” said John Gladden, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Oklahoma. “Having a dental school in our state means we have more dentists across the state, which positively impacts the oral health of our population. Our gift, which is the largest in our history, is an endorsement of the quality of education provided by the OU College of Dentistry as well as support of new technologies and the teamwork approach for better oral care in the future.”

“The significant renovations of our building will ensure that the college remains competitive with other national dental schools in technology and contribute to further enhancing the overall quality of oral health care in this region,” said Dr. Stephen K. Young, dean of the OU College of Dentistry. “These renovations will help to meet the growing and evolving needs of our students and ensure that the College of Dentistry continues its tradition of providing an outstanding, challenging education and state-of-the-art training environment.”

Reception area and foyer: University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.

Dr. Young, current board chair of the American Dental Education Association, previously served as chair of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and chair of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examiners.

The Advanced Education Program in General Dentistry Clinic will move to the old Brown Clinic this summer, and the first of three comprehensive care clinics will be complete when the Burgundy Clinic reopens for the fall semester. Students will be crowded into two of the three clinics while work is completed but by the beginning of the spring 2014 semester, the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation Comprehensive Care Clinics Floor will be reopened to accommodate nine active group practices.

The comprehensive care clinics floor, a cornerstone of the renovation project, will support the OU College of Dentistry clinical approach to dental education by giving students a real-world professional environment in which to work and learn, said Stacey Reynolds, coordinator of continuing education and alumni affairs.

Bockus Payne Associates Architects will oversee the clinic, first-floor commons, reception area and foyer, student locker rooms and lounge and other renovations. A new grand atrium will open onto the existing courtyard.

Atrium: University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.
In addition to the Delta foundation gift, the University of Oklahoma and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust each contributed $3.2 million toward $9.6 million first phase funding of the $20 million Legacy Project capital campaign, the largest private fundraising effort in the College of Dentistry's history.

Future construction phases will include renovation of various specialty areas including those supporting periodontic, orthodontic, endodontic and pedodontic training.

More than 60 percent of Oklahoma's dentists are graduates of the OU College of Dentistry. The college provides general dental and specialty care to Oklahomans through student, resident and faculty practice clinics.