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Edward Fox Donates $5 Million to NYU College of Dentistry to Establish the Herman Robert Fox Deanship

From left: Interim Dean Richard I. Vogel, Mrs. Ruth Fox, Mr. Edward Fox.
A $5 million gift from Edward Fox has created the Herman Robert Fox Deanship at the NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) in memory of Mr. Fox’s father, Dr. Herman Robert Fox, Class of 1926. This is only the second endowed deanship at a dental school in the United States.

“This magnificent gift comes at a propitious moment,” said Dr. Richard I. Vogel, Interim Dean. “In addition to paying tribute to his father’s memory in an especially meaningful way, Mr. Fox’s gift testifies to his confidence in the College’s ability to build on the major accomplishments sustained over the past several years and in the College’s future under the leadership of Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, who will assume the Herman Robert Fox Deanship on September 1. This gift will accelerate NYUCD’s momentum toward becoming the dental institution with the greatest impact globally on the health of society. We thank Mr. Fox for his tremendous generosity.”

Edward Fox received an MBA degree from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He was formerly Dean of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Chairman of SLM Corp (Sallie Mae), the Student Loan Marketing Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Ballet Theatre.

“I have been uniformly impressed with the progress and quality of NYUCD in recent years,” said Mr. Fox, “and I’m excited by its prospects for the future. When I made the decision to honor my father’s memory, and spoke to my mother about her wishes, we agreed that it was altogether appropriate that my father’s name be linked with his alma mater. It is our hope that this gift will provide the resources to enable NYUCD to become extraordinary.”

Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the United States, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among it students that is unmatched by any other dental school. This year more than 5,000 students applied for admission to NYUCD’s four-year DDS program, more than ever before, and only 14 percent were admitted, making NYUCD more selective than ever before. The College also currently ranks in the top five U.S. dental schools to receive funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the NIH.

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