History and mission

Legacy VCU School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry was created in 1893 when the University College of Medicine opened with a dental department as one of its original divisions. The Medical College of Virginia inaugurated a dental education program in 1897, and in 1913 the two programs merged to form the MCV School of Dentistry.

In 1968, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly, the Medical College of Virginia merged with Richmond Professional Institute to form Virginia Commonwealth University. The School of Dentistry is located at the VCU Medical Center.

Consistent with the university’s mission, the School of Dentistry’s programs are guided by the following mission statement:

Educating tomorrow’s oral health leaders in a community of service and inclusion by utilizing emerging technologies and innovative research to provide comprehensive oral health care for all.

Past deans

The VCU School of Dentistry has a rich history that dates back more than a century. In that time, the school has undergone many changes. The school and its students witnessed considerable advances in technology, relocation and construction of new buildings, new visions and missions for the school and new leadership.

Each of the 14 past deans contributed something unique and valuable to the school and its students, faculty and alumni. These individuals created a tradition of excellence at the VCU School of Dentistry and shaped the future of the dental profession.