Former ADA president receives ASDA’s 2015 Paragon Award
The American Student Dental Association named Dr. William Calnon, the 2011-12 ADA president, as this year’s recipient of the Paragon Award, the highest and most notable award given by ASDA.
Dr. Calnon received the award, which recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the rights, interests and welfare of dental students, at ASDA’s annual session Feb. 20 in Boston.
“Dr. Calnon has been an excellent mentor for dental students both in New York and across the country throughout his career in organized dentistry,” said Greg Shank, ASDA District 2 trustee.
Dr. Calnon, of Rochester, New York, has served as past president of the New York State Dental Association, the 7th District Dental Society and Monroe County Dental Society. He served four years on the ADA Board of Trustees before becoming ADA president. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He serves as the current president of the Eastman Dental Center Foundation.
“Over the last few years, I have witnessed a tremendous increase in involvement of more and more dental students in the issues facing the profession,” said Dr. Calnon. “I am receiving this wonderful award, but you have been giving me my rewards for years. I take great pleasure in watching student leaders impact audiences, whether it be at the ADA House of Delegates, a reference committee or a state legislature.”