The UNC School of Dentistry made history on Wednesday when it received its largest single donation ever with a $27.68 million gift, and was renamed the UNC Claude A. Adams Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams School of Dentistry.
Faculty and students crowded into the West Lobby of the Koury Oral Health Sciences Building to witness a landmark moment for the University. The donation, endowed from the estate of Dr. Claude A. Adams III, will be used in part to create additional scholarship opportunities for students while increasing support for professorships.
In his opening remarks, interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz spoke about the potential of this gift to alter dentistry both on campus and beyond.
“This transformative gift will change the future of dentistry at Carolina and across our state,” Guskiewicz said.
In honor of Adams' gift, the School of Dentistry has been renamed to commemorate his parents. Adams, a Duke University graduate who practiced dentistry in Durham for nearly 25 years, died last year and will leave a lasting memory both through his contributions and personality.