ECU welcomes inaugural class of dental students

Despite an unexpected development in the resignation of dean James R. Hupp, 52 enthusiastic students arrived on campus as members of the inaugural class of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. The students’ first day at ECU was
Aug. 15, when they began a week of welcome and orientation. Classes started Aug. 22. In their senior year, the students will practice at one of several planned dental clinics in rural, underserved areas. Two new clinic locations were announced this summer.

Student Matthew Marrone listens during a lecture on the first day of classes at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. Photos by Cliff Hollis

By Doug Boyd

ECU News Services

As dental students returned from lunch and settled in for their afternoon classes on their first day of school at East Carolina University, Barry Price walked in with a toothbrush and toothpaste in his hand.

The student from Winfall who brushed his teeth after eating got a ribbing from some of his classmates and an “I do the same thing!” from others.

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Hupp steps down

Dr. James R. Hupp, dean of the School of Dental Medicine at East Carolina University, has resigned from that position and plans to remain on the faculty of the school, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard announced today.

“We will name an interim dean as soon as possible to make sure that the dental school does not lose any momentum,” Ballard said.

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ECU dental students Christin Carter, left, and Shannon Holcomb listen during the Tuesday, Aug. 16, news conference.

Dental clinics announced this summer in Spruce Pine, Ahoskie 


On a day when an earthquake rattled North Carolina, officials from East Carolina University and Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center moved some earth themselves when they broke ground Tuesday for a new health care complex that will include an ECU dental center.

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The mountain town of Spruce Pine has been selected as the site of an educational and patient-care facility of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.

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Dental clinic locations announced earlier include Lillington, Sylva and Elizabeth City.
First Day at ECU: Read about dental school students’ initial experiences as they arrived on campus.