December 07, 2009
During the summer of 2009, Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni sat down in front of the camera to share stories from his life in dentistry and the evolution of the dental profession over the last 60 years. The school has now launched a series of online video interviews in which Dugoni discusses a remarkable lifetime of achievement and involvement.
The dental school's former dean sat at the helm of the school for nearly three decades and greatly impacted the institution we know today, as well as the entire dental profession.
"I've had a long love affair with our profession," recalled Dugoni in one of the interview segments. "When I got involved early on with organized dentistry, I tried very hard to volunteer to make a difference in the organizations; [I] tried to make them better and grow them."
Making organizations grow and improve is certainly something he achieved. From his days as a dental student to his time as dean at the dental school, the video interviews feature some of his life lessons, his approach to humanistic education, thoughts about leadership and why giving back to the community is so important.
In addition to serving as dean of University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Dugoni's many accomplishments included serving as president of the American Dental Association and the American Dental Education Association. In 2004, he became the first and only person in the United States or Canada to have a dental school named in his honor while holding the position of dean.
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