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LSU Awards Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni First-Ever Honorary DDS Degree

May  25, 2007

Louisiana State University awarded its first ever honorary doctorate of dental surgery degree to Dean Emeritus Arthur A. Dugoni. Dugoni accepted this honor May 19 during the 133rd Commencement Ceremony for LSU's Health Sciences Center. Dugoni delivered the commencement address entitled, "Live a Life that Matters" to a crowd of 5,700 guests and graduates of medicine, dentistry, nursing, dental hygiene, public health, physical therapy and graduate studies.

"I have known Art for a very long time. In fact, he was one of the first to congratulate me on my deanship here 14 years ago," said Dr. Eric J. Hovland, dean of LSU School of Dentistry. "To honor someone as important to dental education as Art Dugoni is very meaningful."

An exemplary educator, practitioner and leader, Dugoni became dean of Pacific in 1978 and is one of the most respected figures in the dental profession. He is currently president of the American Dental Association Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the ADA, and has served as president of the ADA, the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Board of Orthodontics and the California Dental Association. Dugoni was a member of the Council of the FDI World Dental Federation for nine years and served as treasurer and member of the FDI Executive Committee for six years.

Although Dugoni concluded his deanship at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry on June 30, 2006, he continues to be involved with the school and the university as dean emeritus, professor of orthodontics and senior executive for development. Throughout his career, Dugoni has received numerous awards and citations. In 1998, he was elected to the prestigious FDI World Dental Federation List of Honour, which is limited to 30 individuals worldwide.

Dugoni has presented more than 900 lectures, papers, clinics and essays and is the author of more than 160 published articles. Dugoni also has the distinction of being the first and only person in the United States or Canada to have a dental school named in his honor while holding the position of dean.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu