"The humanistic model was probably the single greatest driver of why I am a full-time educator here."
Dr. Craig Yarborough earned his bachelor's degree from Pacific's Stockton campus in 1977, his DDS degree from the dental school in 1980 and his MBA from the Eberhardt School of business in 1999.
After spending 13 years in private practice in Lodi, California, Craig returned to his alma mater as a full-time faculty member/administrator in 1993. He credits much of his success throughout his nearly 30+-year career to the humanistic environment he experienced as a dental student under the leadership of Dean's Dale Redig and Art Dugoni.
"The humanistic model was probably the single greatest driver of why I am a full-time educator/administrator here," Craig says. "The practice of humanism provided the foundation for my success in both my personal and professional relationships. I returned to teach because I wanted to carry on this tradition and legacy in the field of dental education."
In addition to his administrator duties at the dental school, Craig has been an active member of organized dentistry serving in multiple leadership positions including being a member and past chair of the California Dental Association Presents Board of Managers, past chair of the American Dental Association Council on Annual Sessions and a director on the CDA Foundation Board.
Craig is a past president of the Alumni Association and a recipient of its Medallion of Distinction Award in 2005. He is also the past executive director of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation, the dental school's fundraising board that is planning a capital campaign for new facilities. In 2006, Pacific Dugoni finished the largest campaign, $65.7 million, ever for a US dental school.
Craig and his wife Nancy live in Marin County. Both of their children are Dugoni School alumni; Jenna graduated in 2009 and Matthew in 2014.