Moving Beyond Excellence Our Priorities | Our Progress | Resources

"This strategic plan builds upon our strengths, and our great history and prestige. It positions us to preserve the very best of our school, and challenges us to reimagine processes to continue moving our school forward. We will embrace this time, our chance to establish our great school as the global model for oral health education." -Scott S. De Rossi, Dean and Professor

Our Priorities

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry launched its strategic plan, Moving Beyond Excellence, on July 28, 2017. The plan will direct the efforts of the school for a four-year period: 2017-2021.

The focus of the strategic plan is on three key areas: the school’s people and culture; the school’s curriculum and operations; and the school’s ability to invent and ideate. More specifically, the priorities are:

  • Retain and recruit the very best people in a collaborative environment
  • Revolutionize curriculum and operations
  • Embrace an entrepreneurial mindset

Mission, Vision, Values

During the strategic planning process, the school also created and adopted new mission, vision and values statements.


Transforming dentistry for better health


To become the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery


Passionately serving

  • Our people
  • Our community
  • Our field

through inclusiveness and beyond excellence