|MUSC names dental school in honor of former president
About 800 faculty, staff and alumni attended a ceremony at MUSC’s
new clinical education center and celebrated the renaming of the
college in honor of President Emeritus James B. Edwards, DMD, during
Dental Alumni Weekend Feb. 27.
This ceremony comes on the heels of the opening of the new 120,000
square-foot clinical education center, located on Bee Street, to
students and patients.
“Having the state’s only dental school, MUSC plays a critical role in
providing dentists who serve all South Carolinians,” said Ray
Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC president. “With the opening of the new
building, our students are being taught in the most advanced facility
of its kind in the country. The school also honors the legacy of Jim
Edwards, who began his career as an oral surgeon and ended it by
leading MUSC through two decades of growth and development.”
Dr. James B. Edwards, and wife, Ann, participate in the naming of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Feb. 27.
Edwards has contributed much to South Carolina and the country in his
long-standing career as a dedicated oral surgeon, state senator,
governor, U.S. presidential cabinet member and MUSC president.
During Edwards’ 17-year tenure at MUSC, the univer-sity increased its
campus size from 1.5 million square feet to 5 million square feet,
strengthening every aspect of its three-part mission of education,
patient care and scientific discovery in the process. During this time
Edwards and wife, Ann, helped MUSC forge a national reputation for
health care excellence, setting a pace for growth and progress that
continues to build momentum today.
Jack Sanders, DMD, and James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
dean, said that Edwards’ life stands as a testament to the values of
integrity and service that the college hopes to instill in each
student. “It is a privilege to rename the college in his honor.”
Sanders said the new building would not have been possible without the
support of hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations who
have brought the university to this exciting point in history,
especially the dentists and alumni who work and live in South Carolina.
“I cannot say enough to recognize and thank our faculty members. These
are the people who, for 40 years, have done more with less and still
produced some of the best dentists in the country. As I think about
what they have done for so long and with so little, I can hardly begin
to imagine the greatness they will achieve in a state-of-the-art
learning environment, designed and built for dental education.”
For information, visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/dentistry/pdfs/dental_building_revised_color.pdf.
Friday, March 5, 2010