“As students, we know Dr. Chadwick as our dean and the visionary leader who led in the establishment of the ECU School of Dental Medicine. He knows each of us by name and is committed to our learning and our professional development,” says LaJoi Wiggins, East Carolina ’17, District 4 Trustee. “Dr. Chadwick believes in ‘educating leaders with a passion to serve.’ He challenges us to rise to the occasion not only to be great students, but also to become strong leaders in organized dentistry.”
Dr. Gregory Chadwick’s extensive involvement in organized dentistry includes serving as past president of the North Carolina Dental Society, the Second District Dental Society, the Southern Endodontic Study Group and the Tar Heel Endodontic Association. He served four years on the ADA Board of Trustees before becoming ADA President in 2001. He also served as the 2006 FDI World Dental Federation Speaker of the House and was awarded International Dentist of the Year in 2012 by the Academy of Dentistry International.
Dr. Chadwick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and served in the U.S. Naval Supply Corps for four years before entering dental school. He completed an MS in endodontics and his dental degree, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and practiced endodontics in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, for thirty years.
His clear understanding of the oral health needs that exist within his home state, combined with his vision and passionate advocacy for advancing the oral health of North Carolinians, led to the creation of East Carolina University School of Dentistry. Dr. Chadwick’s hope in working towards the school’s establishment is that graduates would serve in the region’s rural and underserved areas. In addition, he has advocated for community service programs through the dental school that provide opportunities for fourth-year students to gain more experience.
“One of my mentors, a previous recipient of this award, Art Dugoni, is credited with saying ‘in dental education we are in the business of educating leaders and along the way they become dentists.’ ” said Dr. Chadwick. “I accept this award on behalf of my mentors over the years and the faculty, staff, students and residents at our school who also share the values of ASDA — integrity, fairness, competence, responsibility, respect, and last but not least, service to our fellow man."