Procter & Gamble Company Returns as Premier Sponsor of William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement in Academic Dentistry and Oral Health

ADEAGies Foundation Celebration to be Held March 14, 2016 in Denver

2015 Gies Awards in Boston, MA (Photo: Business Wire)

WASHINGTON--()--The ADEAGies Foundation announced today that The Procter & Gamble Company will return as the premier sponsor of the 2016 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and are the profession’s preeminent recognition for individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. The 2016 Gies Awards will be presented on March 14 at a highly anticipated celebration to be held in conjunction with the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Denver, CO.

“Our profession is constantly seeking new ways to educate students and to discover the best opportunities to meet the oral health needs of the public,” says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., President of the ADEAGies Foundation and President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). “The Gies Awards allow us to stop and say thank you to the men and women who push for excellence in these critical areas and we are honored to have The Procter & Gamble Company so strongly behind them.”

The sponsorship of the 2016 Gies Awards program by The Procter & Gamble Company is part of the company’s overall support of the ADEAGies Foundation’s initiatives to advance excellence in dental education in the nation’s dental schools.

“The Procter & Gamble Company is proud to partner with the ADEAGies Foundation to honor exceptional vision, innovation and achievement amongst leaders in dental education and research,” says R. Iván Lugo, D.M.D., M.B.A., North America and Puerto Rico Professional and Public Sector Innovation Manager. “The advancement of excellence in dental education directly impacts the quality of oral health care around the world.”

For more information about the 2016 Gies Awards and the history behind them, visit

About William J. Gies and the Gies Report: William Gies was a Columbia University biochemistry professor and founder of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University where he was interested in dental education, science and clinical applications. In 1926, as part of a series of studies on U.S. professional education, funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dr. Gies published a landmark report that established the importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component of higher education in the health professions. The Gies Report, Dental Education in the United States and Canada, which took five years to research and write, consists of 250 pages of text and more than 400 pages of appendices, including lengthy descriptions and evaluations of the existing dental schools, each of which Dr. Gies visited. Since the Gies Report, there have been many other reports on dental education in the context of health professions education. However, Dental Education in the United States and Canada remains to this day the most relevant survey of dental education and critical issues within the field.

About The William J. Gies Foundation: The William J. Gies (pronounced guys) Foundation was established in 1950 by colleagues and admirers of Dr. Gies with seed funds raised by the American College of Dentists. It was a private foundation and the first U.S. foundation to support dental education and scholarship. In 2002, The William J. Gies Foundation joined with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to form the ADEAGies Foundation, a public foundation.

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. The mission of ADEA is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS, ADEA PASS, ADEA DHCAS and ADEA CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit

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American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Kellie Bove, 202-289-7201

Release Summary

Procter & Gamble returns as the premier sponsor of the 2016 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement in oral health and dental education to be held March 14 in Denver.


American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Kellie Bove, 202-289-7201