Dr. William Carpenter has held the position of professor and chair for the Department of Pathology and Medicine at the dental school since 1986. He also is a frequent lecturer for the school's Continuing Dental Education department.
He earned his DDS degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. Carpenter completed a fellowship and a residency in oral pathology at the U.S. Army Institute of Dental Research and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Carpenter retired as a colonel after a 21-year career with the United States Army Dental Corps. He served four years as the consultant in oral pathology to the U.S. Army Surgeon General and to many military hospitals and dental services. Carpenter was also chief of the division of pathology and served as a mentor for the Army's oral pathology residency program.
Carpenter is a fellow of the American Academy of Oral Medicine and the American Academy of Oral Pathology and is board certified with both organizations. He is also a member of the International Association of Dental Research and Organization for Safety and Aseptic Procedures, and is a fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Carpenter has lectured widely throughout the United States and contributed extensively to the dental literature in the fields of oral biology and oral pathology.