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Dr. John Wright Jr. - 30 Years

Dr. John Wright Jr.
Diagnostic Sciences

Dr. John Wright Jr.
Dr. John Wright Jr.

As a Regents professor and chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Dr. John Wright is no stranger to accolades.  Even so, receiving Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry’s Teacher-of-the-Year Award is his favorite memory from three decades of service to the college.

“Teaching and working with students is one of the primary reasons I chose an academic career,” he says. “The honor was just a small validation of those efforts.”

Since he joined the college as an associate professor, Wright says it is he who has changed the most.

“I’m 30 years older,” he quips.

At awards with president

Above: with Dr. Nancy Dickey at the
2011 Service Awards. Below: with family
in Costa Rica.

As department chair, he has significant administrative responsibilities, but Wright remains active in teaching, scholarship and service to the college. Actively engaged in all levels of teaching—dental, dental hygiene and graduate courses—he also works daily with his own residents, sees clinical patients and participates in the college’s biopsy service for outside clinicians. Wright still actively researches and is a published author, to boot.

“My job is incredibly diverse and I find it intellectually challenging, satisfying and rewarding,” Wright says. “I like and respect the people I work with. I have found a welcoming environment in the Baylor family that has allowed me to grow professionally and maximize my professional opportunities.

Wright’s effort to balance his professional and personal lives has paid off on both fronts. He and his wife are adventurous by nature and love to travel, enjoy fine wine and try new restaurants. Wright likes to scuba dive, water ski and hit the slopes.

Wright and his wife, Susan, an attorney mediator, have been married 38 years and live with Lira, their 13-year-old golden retriever and a cat (the newest addition to the family). They have two sons: Zack is a veterinary oncologist in Albuquerque and Blake works for a design firm in Dallas.

“I am blessed to have a great family,” Wright says.

John Wright Family