Dental school for ETSU under study

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A committee charged by East Tennessee State University President Paul E. Stanton Jr. with investigating the need for and potential viability of a dental school at ETSU has recommended the university hire a professional consulting firm as it moves forward in the exploratory process.

The committee, which includes area dentists as well as faculty and leaders from the ETSU Division of Health Sciences, met over the course of six months to explore the need for a school and to gauge interest among prospective dental school students from the region, as well as area dentists.

 Stanton first spoke publicly about the possibility of adding a college of dentistry in October 2010.

He appointed Wilsie Bishop, vice president for health affairs and university chief operating officer, as chair of the committee.

“In our discussions with other universities who have pursued this course, we learned that it’s wise to contract with an independent consulting firm at some point in the process,” Bishop said.

“And we have determined there is reason to continue our work at this time,” the vice president added.