The largest single gift in the dentistry school's history will create new merit scholarships and bolster existing scholarship funds; support professorships and staff awards, enabling the school to continue to recruit talented faculty and staff; and extend the school's student service-learning program, through which students work with practicing dentists at fifty partner sites in thirty-five North Carolina counties. In recognition of the gift and in honor of Adams' parents, the school will be renamed the UNC Claude A. Adams Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams School of Dentistry.
Adams, who died in 2018, practiced dentistry in Durham for nearly twenty-five years. His previous gifts to the dental school included scholarship support for nearly a hundred students, including the Dr. Claude A. Adams Jr. and Ms. Grace P. Adams Scholarship, which is awarded to four students annually.
"The UNC Adams School of Dentistry is a leading school in education and research, patient care, and community service," said UNC-Chapel Hill interim chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. "This generous gift from Dr. Adams will help the school advance its work and focus on harnessing emerging technologies, developing new healthcare delivery models, and training the next generation of dentists. Its commitment to helping the people of North Carolina is clear — nearly 50 percent of our state's dentists graduate from our dental school."