Dr. Wayne Mortenson graduated in 1979
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — A University of Louisville alumnus and his wife have said they will gift the school’s dental program $5 million. The gift by Dr. Wayne Mortenson and his wife, Sue will be the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the UofL School of Dentistry.
After earning a dental degree from UofL in 1979, Mortenson began a successful career with a practice in Louisville, expanding to multiple locations in Kentucky and Indiana — and partner practices in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Utah, and Idaho.
“Investing in the talent of UofL students is our goal, as we seek to hire dentists and dental hygienists who can provide exceptional care to our patients,” said Mortenson, who serves as Mortenson Family Dental CEO. “We are always thinking about the future of the company and the impact it will have on the health of the communities we serve.”
Nearly 70 dentists of Mortenson Family Dental and more than 70 dental hygienists call UofL their alma mater.
The school, which recently completed of a $48-million building renovation, increased first-year class enrollment to 120 from a pool of over 3,000 annual applicants, and established a new pediatric dentistry clinic at Kosair Charities.