Interim dean appointed to WVU School of Dentistry post on permanent basis

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Anthony (Tom) Borgia, D.D.S., M.H.A., who has been serving as interim dean of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry since August 2014, has been appointed to that post on a permanent basis by Clay Marsh, M.D., the University’s vice president and executive dean for health sciences.

“Over the past year, Dr. Borgia has demonstrated the sort of leadership that characterizes Mountaineers in the 21st century,” Dr. Marsh said. “He has been bold. He believes that WVU can be a national leader in dentistry. He has dedicated himself to the students and patients served by the School of Dentistry, and most importantly, to the oral health of all West Virginians. WVU will be well served by having him at the forefront of our efforts to make the entire state healthier.”

Borgia joined WVU in 2010 and served as assistant professor and chair of the WVU Department of Endodontics, prior to taking the school’s top post.

“I truly believe that the West Virginia University School of Dentistry has all the elements to become a national leader in dental education and oral health,” Borgia said. “Most importantly, we have the very best people anywhere – excellent students, a great faculty, and a cooperative, multitalented staff – all of whom display a unity of purpose that is rare to find in any institution. I was impressed from my first day here at WVU, and I continue to be impressed with all of our people. I owe the citizens of this state a great deal and am proud to call myself a Mountaineer and to be counted among them. Everyone has been very good to me, particularly my colleagues in the Health Sciences Center and the alumni of the School of Dentistry. Working together, we have what it takes to make this School anything we want it to be and to take it to any place we want it to go.”

Borgia received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and completed a two-year internship in general dentistry with the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, he joined the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, where he was tasked to conduct research in bone metabolism, specifically for the development and clinical testing of skeletal imaging agents.

He later received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Endodontics from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and is board certified in endodontics. He also received a master’s degree in health administration from Suffolk University in Boston.

“As a land-grant institution, it is our charge to educate West Virginians and return them back to the Mountain State to provide high quality oral healthcare for generations of Mountaineers to come. In fact, we consider it a point of pride that more than 80 percent of the practicing dentists in West Virginia are graduates of our School,” Borgia said. “We will continue to produce highly skilled oral health professionals and to provide care to the patients who rely on us for treatment. And, we will do our part to further elevate the reputation of the Health Sciences Center and the University."