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Dental School Honors Three with Medallion of Distinction

March  28, 2007

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry honored three people with the 2007 Medallion of Distinction Award during its 108th annual Alumni Association meeting at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel on March 2. The prestigious medallion recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry, research, dental education or the community.

Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. presented the Alumni Association's highest honor to: Patrick Cavanaugh, Pacific's Vice President of Business and Finance, Donald O'Connell, former University Regent and PDEF Board Member and Jane Wright-Hayes, director of the School of Dentistry's Division of Postgraduate Studies.

"When I first started working here 22 years ago, I had no idea this institution would have such a profound impact on my life," said Wright-Hayes. "I truly believe it's the people at Pacific that make working here such a magical experience."

Patrick Cavanaugh

As the Vice President for Business and Finance on the Stockton Campus, Cavanaugh is responsible for most administrative and financial affairs of the University. He has a JD degree from the University of Iowa School of Law and an MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Cavanaugh is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and served on the organization's Special Task Force on College Costs and President's Council of Comprehensive Colleges and Universities.

Donald E. O'Connell

O'Connell is the former President of A-Company/Johnson & Johnson USA and Chairman of A-Company Johnson & Johnson Worldwide. His travels and connections at Johnson & Johnson brought him into contact with administrators at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. After his retirement in 1994, he moved from the East Coast to Southern California and joined the Pacific Dental Education Foundation, the dental school's fundraising board. He served as a PDEF Board Member from 1995 to 1998, and was a member of the University Board of Regents for seven years, eventually serving as chairman.

Jane Wright-Hayes

Wright-Hayes joined the dental school in 1985 and has been instrumental in the success and ongoing revitalization of the School of Dentistry's Division of Postgraduate Studies. Under her tenure, the school's annual continuing education program offerings have more than tripled in an effort to meet the growing demand and professional needs of alumni and dental practitioners. Wright-Hayes has a master's degree in non-profit administration and is currently working on her doctorate in professional education and leadership.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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