West Virginia University dental school names 32-year Navy veteran as new dean

 Stephen Pachuta, DDS, will serve as the new dean of West Virginia University's dental school in Morgantown, effective June 1.

Dr. Pachuta is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral and former chief of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. He spent 32 years in the Navy.

A West Virginia University graduate, Dr. Pachuta earned his dental degree from the school in 1985.

"Dr. Stephen Pachuta is an outstanding choice for dean at the WVU School of Dentistry," said Michael Medovic, DDS. "Dr. Pachuta is a WVU School of Dentistry alumnus and is a retired rear admiral, the highest rank a dentist can achieve in the Navy, where he ran the Navy Dental Corps and post-doctoral programs and hospitals."

He succeeds Tom Borgia, DDS, who retired in 2020 and Fotinos Panagakos, DMD, who has served as interim dean since July.

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