March 2017 Volume LII Number 2
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Vann Endowment Fund Exceeds Fundraising Target Ahead of Schedule
At an October reception sponsored by the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (NCAPD) and the school’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry, alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the culmination of the Vann Endowment Fund (VEF). The fund honors Dr. William F. (Bill) Vann Jr., a 42-year member of the department.
After a silent launch in 2011, the VEF campaign went public in May 2012 with a five-year goal to raise $500,000. To date, the VEF has received more than $677,000 in cash and commitments, meaning the fund has not only met but exceeded its goal a year early. The VEF initiative was led by Drs. Michael Hasty and Michael Ignelzi, who were assisted by a steering committee.
VEF proceeds have supported an annual departmental alumni/ NCAPD reception and a Residents Appreciation Banquet, but will primarily support stipend enhancements for pediatric residents, especially those undertaking long-term training. He has been an advocate for recruiting residents for dual-specialty and doctoral training, and for fellowship experiences in research and teaching. VEF endowment proceeds already support two Vann Fellowships.
Vann arrived at UNC as a Morehead Fellow in 1974 and subsequently earned his M.S. and Ph.D. He has served as D.D.S. program direc- tor (1978-85), chair of pediatric dentistry (1985-94), Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program director (1995-2006), and principal investigator and director of a Maternal and Child Health Center for Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry (1992-2007). He also practiced in the Dental Faculty Practice for 32 years. Vann has published 113 peer-reviewed publications, in addition to 110 published abstracts/book chapters, and continues to contribute to peer-reviewed literature.
Vann is no stranger to accolades. He was named Demeritt Distinguished Professor in 1998, a position he held until his retirement from in 2010. He also received a 1999 UNC Distinguished Teaching Award and was consequently named to the UNC Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars; the 1999 American Association of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) Dentist of the Year; the 2012 UNCDAA John Brauer Award, which recognizes a lifetime of service and achievement to the school; and the 2013 ADA Golden Apple Award for Inspiring Dental Careers in Education; among other honors.
He is a known leader in organized dentistry, serving the ADA for a decade in a variety of committee assignments relative to specialty accredi- tation process, and also as a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation 1992-95. Similarly, with the AAPD he served seven years on the board of trustees, culminating in his appointment as president (1991-92), and also as the AAPD Foundation president 1993-96 and 1999-2001.
Since his retirement in 2010, Vann has remained active in departmental activities. Currently he serves as an attending faculty member once a week in the graduate clinic and mentors residents on their research. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, running, and spending time and traveling with the loves of his life: his partner, Jessica, and his daughter, Rachel, a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
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