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School presents Partner in Leadership Award to Delta Dental Foundation

Delta Dental Foundation Director Teri Battaglieri (left) is presented with the Partner in Leadership Award by School of Dentistry Dean Laurie McCauley.

Delta Dental Foundation Director Teri Battaglieri accepts the Partner in Leadership Award during a luncheon at the School of Dentistry Thursday. Watching in the background are Dean Laurie McCauley and Dr. Tom Anderson, chair of the Alumni Society Board of Governors.

Inaugural award recognizes longstanding support of numerous school initiatives

Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 3, 2016 -– The University of Michigan School of Dentistry today presented its inaugural Partner in Leadership Award to the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) for its longstanding connection with and generous support of the school’s mission.

The DDF has provided nearly $3 million to the School of Dentistry over the past five years for student scholarships, faculty support, scientific clinical research, community outreach programs, continuing education and many other projects and initiatives. 

The DDF’s most recent $2 million gift will be used to build the Delta Dental of Michigan Integrated Special Care Clinic to serve dental patients with special needs at both the school’s Community Dental Center in downtown Ann Arbor and as part of the upcoming major renovation project at the school’s campus location.

Until the permanent dental center is completed, the temporary clinic currently under construction at the Community Dental Center will be funded by a portion of the $2 million gift. This clinic is expected to be operational by August 2017.

In presenting the award Thursday during a ceremony that was part of the School of Dentistry's Homecoming weekend events, Dean Laurie McCauley noted that the DDF’s commitment to its mission of promoting and improving oral health is clearly evident in all of its grant-making and collaborations. 

“The Delta Dental Foundation’s steadfast contributions have benefited faculty, students and staff in every corner of the School of Dentistry for many years,” McCauley said. “We are grateful for their consistent support of our mission of advancing health through education, service, research and discovery.”

“The Delta Dental Foundation is humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Delta Dental Foundation Director Teri Battaglieri. “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the School of Dentistry and know that access to high-quality oral health care will be significantly improved for patients with developmental disabilities, cognitive impairments, complex medical problems and other vulnerabilities through the clinic we are helping to fund.”

The School of Dentistry’s leadership team created the Partner in Leadership Award this year to recognize organizations and individuals who have helped maintain and improve upon its standing as one of the best dental schools in the world; it is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and No. 2 in the world by the highly regarded QS World University Rankings.

The Partner in Leadership Award description notes: “Our faculty, staff and students acknowledge that a variety of ‘partners’ have been vital to our ability to build and sustain excellence over the years. To maintain and enhance our leadership position in dental education we will continue to rely on relationships and collaborations across our campus, with our alumni and other benefactors, and with our colleagues from the dental industry.”

Richard Fetchiet, executive director of alumni relations and development, said the School of Dentistry’s longstanding relationship with the Delta Dental Foundation is an example of the power of collaboration when major organizations work together toward a common goal.

“Working together we can accomplish so much more,” he said. “This award was created to recognize those who have made a profound difference at our School of Dentistry over an extended period of time, and that’s certainly true of Delta Dental.”

About Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The foundation is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public and to advancing dental science through education and research. For more information, visit


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