$25M donation to help establish College of Dentistry

May 10, 2022 GMT

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An anonymous donor gave a $25 million gift to the University of Pikeville, school officials said.

University of Pikeville President Burton Webb said the gift will help establish a College of Dentistry and expand access to health services in Appalachia. Webb announced the donation Saturday during the health professions commencement ceremony, WYMT-TV reported.

“This is needed,” University of Pikeville Board of Trustees Chair Terry Dotson said. “The founding of a dental program in these mountains will lead to better healthcare outcomes for a historically medically underserved population.”

The donor wished to stay anonymous, but is passionate about the school’s service-focused mission and recognizes the need for increased access to medical care, said Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations David Hutchens.

“This donor has a deep love for Appalachia and a passion for improving healthcare in our region,” Hutchens said. “Their generosity will reverberate for generations, impacting not only the graduates of the program but also profoundly benefiting the lives of the countless patients they will serve for generations to come.”