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Hupp to Lead Dental School

By John Durham

Dr. James R. Hupp, dean of the dental school at the University of Mississippi for the last six years, will be the founding dean of the new school of dentistry at East Carolina University, Chancellor Steve Ballard announced Aug. 13.

“Jim Hupp is a superb leader and educator with remarkable breadth and depth of experience,” Ballard said. “He has impeccable credentials and skills. He is a lead author of one of the world’s best-known dental textbooks, author of a large number of book chapters and scientific articles and editor-in-chief of an international dental journal.

“He was a member of the team that reviewed the initial plan for our dental school two years ago, and we expect him to help us develop a new model for dental education.”


The North Carolina General Assembly, in the recently completed session, appropriated $69 million to complete the construction of ECU’s new dental school, which expects to enroll its first students in 2011. It will be the second dental school in the state and will include education centers and clinics across the state where third- and fourth-year students will complete their dental education.

Hupp, who will join ECU on Nov. 1, said: “This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to help lead the creation of an educational institution. I feel my entire professional life has prepared me for the work necessary to carry forward the vision of a dental school that prepares individuals to become community- and service-minded primary-care dentists.

“I was impressed by the talent that exists at the other schools and colleges of East Carolina University. ... I hope to have the new dental school live up to the high standards of this great university.”

Hupp previously served as chair of the Department of Dentistry in the University of Maryland Medical System and chair of the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Maryland Dental School. He also chaired the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and directed the residency program in Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

He holds a dental degree from Harvard University, a medical degree from the University of Connecticut, a law degree from Rutgers University and a master’s of business administration degree from Loyola College in Maryland.

He and his wife, Carmen, have four children. His interests include gardening, the Civil War, cooking, wine collecting, golf and classic Ford Mustangs.

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 29, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at