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Sept. 28, 2010

UI College of Dentistry kicks off building transformation fundraising campaign

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry publicly launched its "Transformation for Tomorrow" building renovation and expansion campaign on Sept.24, announcing that $6.2 million of the $10 million campaign goal has been raised so far.

More than 150 alumni, friends and supporters of the College of Dentistry gathered for the campaign kickoff to hear the progress-to-date announcement. Attendees also heard from college and campaign leaders about the importance of the fundraising campaign and the facilities project that will transform the 35-year-old Dental Science Building.

"This building transformation will allow our college to continue to be an invaluable resource to Iowa --- and to influence the direction of dentistry in this country and around the world for decades to come," said David Johnsen (photo, left), dean of the UI College of Dentistry.

H. Garland Hershey (photo, right), chair of the Dentistry campaign's steering committee, said, "An impressive number of friends of the College of Dentistry have demonstrated their trust and respect for the college by their generous support of this transformative building project.

"Building on the strong support provided by state and university leaders, Iowa dentists and friends of the college are helping to make the building project a reality through their continuing contributions," added Hershey, a UI and College of Dentistry graduate (1963 B.A., 1965 D.D.S., 1971 M.S.) who also is vice chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Dental Science Building renovation and expansion project will transform the facility by adding space and updating and expanding clinical areas, increasing classroom and student space and upgrading dental research facilities. The college's general and specialty dental-care clinics receive about 150,000 patient visits each year.

The college broke ground for the construction project on April 23, 2010. Costs for the multi-year renovation project currently are estimated at $60 million, with at least $10 million of that to come from private gift support. The projected completion date for the project is summer 2015.

Noteworthy gifts for the campaign to date include $1.5 million from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, $1 million from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and several gifts ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 from individual donors.

To learn more about the College of Dentistry's "Transformation for Tomorrow" campaign, visit

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Forrest Meyer, executive director-strategic communications, UI Foundation, 319-3467-3661,


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