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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.”

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Friday, March 5, 2010

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