Noblett inducted as Pierre Fauchard Academy Fellow

Two men holding award at induction ceremony.

W. Craig Noblett, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD, clinical associate professor and director of the Division of Endodontics, was inducted as a 2023 Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the organization announced in October.

“Fellowship in the PFA is both a recognition of dental leadership and a promise to maintain the highest standards in the profession,” according to the Academy. “Fewer than 1% of dentists worldwide are recognized for this honor. Fellows in the Pierre Fauchard Academy pledge to consistently focus on professionalism, integrity and ethics, and conduct themselves as worthy role models, by the advancement of dentistry to the highest level. PFA Fellows serve as worthy role models, advance dentistry to the highest level, support and honor colleagues for their distinguished work, conduct research, support public service, and provide excellence in programs, education, and leadership in oral health care.”

Noblett joined the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2020. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He has chaired several committees for the American Association of Endodontists and is a past president of the Northern California Academy of Endodontics. Noblett has served on the Board of Trustees of the California Dental Association and as  Chair of the Committee on Volunteer Placement and the Nominating Committee for theCDA. He served six years as the Director of the American Board of Endodontics, including two as president.

Noblett’s induction into the Pierre Fauchard Academy comes in large part due to this storied history of service to professional dentistry—a practice he learned from his father.

“I’ve always felt, and my dad instilled this in me, too, that dentistry is not just a job. It’s a profession,” he said. “As professionals, it’s up to us to care for our profession. It’s not something you can do when you’re in the office, treating patients—but when the workday is over, you can turn your attention to caring for the profession, whether that’s through supporting dental societies, legislative advocacy, teaching or volunteering. All these things raise the level of the profession in the public eye.”

Noblett was honored to be inducted into the prestigious society. “I’ve been inducted into other societies, but this one is smaller, and more selective. It’s a great honor,” he said.

He hopes to use this opportunity to raise the visibility of the society, including selecting a student from the graduating class for membership in the society, and identifying faculty who are good candidates for nomination. He also looks forward to engaging with continuing education opportunities that arise with the academy.

But most of all, Noblett will continue doing what he does best—teaching, serving and advocating on behalf of his beloved profession.