letter to President Gee

Gordon Gee, President
West Virginia University
PO Box 6201
1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26505-6201
Dear President Gee:
I am writing on behalf of the West Virginia Dental Association Executive Council, which met
July 21.  Including our statewide elected officers, the Council is composed of 29 dentists,
representing the 10 component societies throughout the State.  It is the policy-making body
of WVDA.
Since more than two-thirds of the dentists in West Virginia are graduates of WVU School
of Dentistry, I am sure you understand and appreciate their support and interests in our
State’s only dental school.  The School was the topic of conversation at our 110th Annual
Session, July 21-24, at The Greenbrier.  Over 150 dentists were in attendance.  (BTW…
We are sorry you were unable to attend.)
The Council supports Dr. Tom Borgia as Dean and commends your appointing him to the
position.  He demonstrates sincere and professional academic competency in addressing
the challenges facing our School.  This is certainly welcomed and rewarding since there
has been so much turnover and absence of a full-time dean over the past several years.
Our dentists are especially pleased with Dean Borgia’s leadership in our School recently
attaining accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
While our Council is pleased with CODA accreditation, it is concerned with the future
physical facilities and faculty staffing at our School.  Our Council wants the School to
continue graduating well-trained and competent clinicians to not only serve the citizens
of our State but residents of other states should they elect to practice elsewhere.  Our
School’s current national recognition as an excellent academic institution deserves that.
WVU has always graduated excellent practitioners for over 50 years.
I’m sure you understand continuing to graduate excellent clinicians requires up-to-date
facilities and equipment with adequate space so students can be trained to perform
modern clinical treatments needed to advance their skills necessary to care for patients.
WVDA understands you and your staff’s recent tour of the current facilities found them
to be less than adequate.  WVDA simply wants graduates of our School to be the best
so they can compete in today’s practice environment and  provide the best dental care
to their patients.   After all, it is all about the students and patients.
Therefore, you are respectfully requested to dedicate sufficient facilities and space
needed to fulfill the responsibilities to graduate the best of dental students.   WVDA
stands behind you in any way it can to assist you in fulfilling this goal.
Thank you for your consideration.   WVDA wishes you and your staff the best!
Very truly yours,
Richard Stevens, Executive Director