KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today joined officials of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU)in Kirksville in a ground-breaking ceremony for the university's new Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, scheduled for its first class to enter in the fall of 2013. The Governor said the new school will fill an important need for the health of Missourians.
Gov. Jay Nixon joined officials of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) in Kirksville on March 15, 2012 in a ground-breaking ceremony for the university's new Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, scheduled for its first class to enter in the fall of 2013.
"Addressing our population's oral health - especially among children and underserved groups - is vital to our overall state of public health," Gov. Nixonsaid, explaining that poor oral health is linked to other systemic diseases. "Providing adequate dental care is an important way to prevent other serious diseases, and this school will help meet that challenge." With the Governor at today's ceremony were ATSU President Dr. Jack Magruder; the newly named dean of the dental school, Dr. Christopher Halliday, who is currently the Assistant Surgeon General and Chief of Staff to the Surgeon General of the United States; Dr. Clyde Evans, chair of the ATSU Board of Trustees; Dr. Troy Paino, the president of Truman State Universityin Kirksville; and leaders from the Kirksville community and both of the universities. Kirksville's competition for the location of the new dental school included sites in Florida and California, and Gov. Nixon said the city could be proud that its reputation helped land the institution. "The people of Kirksville have even more reason to be proud that they have two outstanding universities in a city of this size," the Governor said. "A strong tradition of medical and educational excellence put this community at the top of the final list for locating the dental school here."