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Office of Development

John Valenza, DDS


“Our school depends on the support and generosity of our alumni, friends and others if we truly want to be a world-class institution. These additional dollars are difference-makers to the school, and we hope, also, in the lives of our donors.”


 - John A. Valenza, DDS

 Dean, School of Dentistry 




The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD) Office of Development assists in creating funds to support the school’s primary missions of education, patient care, and research. With ever-diminishing support from traditional sources, fundraising is one of the school’s greatest areas of need, and one in which our alumni and friends can make a tangible and lasting difference in our success as an institution.

Working with the dean and the all-volunteer Advisory Council, the UTSD Office of Development provides guidance and professional assistance to present the case for supporting UTSD to our alumni, friends, the community at-large, foundations and charitable organizations throughout Texas and the nation. Working in conjunction with the UTHealth Office of Advancement, the School of Dentistry's development staff provide counsel in areas of planned giving; gifts of stocks, securities, and real property; and in formulating recognition for the various levels of support from our donors.

In addition to handling gifts received by the school, the Office of Development fosters a continuing relationship between alumni and the school, so that graduation day is not the end of the connection, but merely a new beginning.  Soon, we expect to launch our newest program, MyUTSD, which will help sustain those important relationships.  Watch for details coming soon!

By helping identify the passions a donor may have for a certain project, the process of development ensures that gift-giving is a celebration for everyone at the table, especially the donor. For many, gifts to UTSD are a “thank-you” for the role the school has played in their lives.  Such gifts also offer a way to enhance areas of the school’s mission that are most meaningful to the donor.  For others, gifts are a way to "pay it forward" to the next generation of graduates, drawing on the benefits of a successful career in dentistry.

We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions concerning support for UTSD. As Dean Valenza says, “The best is yet to come”… with your help!

— Office of Development, UTSD 713-486-4380