Dr. Greg Chadwick, dean of East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine, recently was awarded the 2017 Gov. James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service.
The UNC Board of Governors bestows the honor each year on one faculty member from the University of North Carolina system who exemplifies public service toward improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.
“Dr. Chadwick’s service is a testament to ECU’s longstanding commitments to provide health care and professionals across our state,” ECU Chancellor Cecil P. Staton said. “We are certainly proud of his service, and it is a great example of the commitment of ECU.”
The award ceremony took place at the board’s monthly meeting at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development.
“An award such as this is a recognition that must be shared with the many individuals who have helped to create our unique model for dental care,’ Chadwick said.
Chadwick is the fourth faculty member from ECU to win the Holshouser Award since it was established in 2007. Dr. Carmen Russoniello won the award in 2015 for his work with veterans; Dr. Thomas G. Irons earned the honor in 2011 in pediatrics; and Dr. Lessie Bass won in 2008 for social work.
Chadwick came to ECU in 2005 to lead the effort to establish the School of Dental Medicine. Prior to becoming dean in 2012, he served as the school’s associate dean for planning and extramural affairs and as interim dean before being named to the permanent post in 2012. Under his leadership, ECU graduated its inaugural class of doctors of dental medicine in 2015.
Chadwick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduating from the UNC School of Dentistry, he practiced general dentistry in community health centers before entering a residency program in endodontics. He earned a master’s degree in endodontics from the UNC School of Dentistry and practiced in his hometown of Charlotte for nearly 30 years.
Chadwick is a former president of numerous dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, the Second District Dental Society and the Southern Endodontic Study Group. He is a fellow of the International and American Colleges of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a founding member of the Holiday Dental Conference. A diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, Chadwick served for 18 years as a part-time clinical professor at his alma mater and for 14 years as chair of the endodontic section at Carolinas Medical Center, where he served on the faculty for more than 25 years. He was selected by a 24-member Board of Regents from all 17 districts in the International College of Dentists USA Section as Outstanding Dental Leader in 2015.
One of Chadwick’s standout accomplishments came during his time as president of the ADA, when he made “Give Kids a Smile” a national event. The initiative provides free oral health services for children with little to no access to dental care.
“This event occurs in every state each year,” said Dr. Jasper Lewis, a pediatric dentist with Eastern Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Greenville, “and has been responsible for delivering millions of dollars of free dental care to over 5.5 million underserved children.”