The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) has awarded Arthur A. Dugoni, DDS, its first ASDA Paragon Award. The award was presented to Dugoni last month at the ASDA Annual Session in Anaheim, Calif. Dugoni is dean emeritus and professor of orthodontics at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

The ASDA Paragon Award recognizes excellence in advocacy on behalf of students, clinical practice, contributions to the lives of dental students, innovation in dental education, and dedication to organized dentistry.

"One of his famous quotes is ‘at Pacific we build people, and along the way they become doctors,’" said Naomi Sever, 2010-2011 ASDA Vice President, from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. "He’s a model of excellence and wonderful mentor…the type of person we aspire to become."