Recognizing outstanding achievements of junior faculty


RICHMOND, VA – Aug. 27, 2018 –  Aderonke A Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., assistant professor, Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, and Erica A. Brecher, D.M.D., M.S., assistant professor, Pediatric Dentistry, have been named Revere Scholars at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry.

Revere Scholars exemplify the highest standards of the oral health profession as modeled by James H. Revere Jr. (D.D.S. ’65), former instructor, interim dean, fundraiser, mentor and friend to the school for more nearly 50 years.

“Congratulations to Dr. Akinkugbe and Dr. Brecher on their professional accomplishments and outstanding service to our school,” says David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., dean of the VCU School of Dentistry and associate vice president for health sciences, faculty affairs. “The selection process was rigorous and I am proud to announce this well-deserved recognition.”

The Revere Scholars program, funded by the Dr. James H. Revere Jr. Professorship for Faculty Excellence, an endowment fund, recognizes outstanding achievements of junior faculty members at the rank of assistant professor and provides funding for their research and scholarly efforts.

“Dr. Revere taught, advised and mentored several thousand students in their chosen career, a career that he truly loves,” says Sarrett. “It is through the generosity of these former students that this award in his name has been made possible.”

Spearheading the efforts to make the professorship fund possible were fellow alumni James C. Burns (D.D.S. ’72; Ph.D. ’80) and John A. Svirsky (D.D.S. ’73; M.Ed. ’79).

Revere Scholars are appointed for a term of four years.

About the VCU School of Dentistry

Founded in 1893, the VCU School of Dentistry educates practitioners capable of meeting the oral health care needs of the communities they serve. The school provides opportunities for selected qualified individuals to study dentistry, advanced dental specialties, and dental hygiene under most favorable conditions and in accordance with the standards established by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

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