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New Dental School Slated For North Carolina

High Point University (HPU) plans to open a new School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health, which will make it the third — and only private — dental school in North Carolina.

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High Point University (HPU) plans to open a new School of Dental Medicine and Oral Health, which will make it the third — and only private — dental school in North Carolina. In announcing the $150 million expansion to the campus in High Point, President Nido Qubein, D.Litt, MSB, named Scott De Rossi, DMD, MBA, as dean of the new dental program. Previously, De Rossi served as a professor and dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry.

With plans to enroll the first class in fall 2023, the dental program will bring 180 new students to HPU’s campus and create opportunities for dentists in the community to participate in the educational process. De Rossi says local dentists will be invited to speak to students and provide learning opportunities in their practices. At presstime, the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree program was pending approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission. 

According to the school, this new project, along with the planned opening of the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel, will lead to 300 new jobs in the High Point and Triad areas.

From Decisions in Dentistry. June 2021;7(6),11.

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