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Hats Off to Optometry School Leadership

Educating future optometrists is a passion shared by these great leaders at the nation’s schools and colleges of optometry. While this listing calls out the top spots of academic optometric leaders, many associate deans, directors and faculty support the effort to continue to improve and enhance optometric education.

Alabama
Kelly K. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, Dean of University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry

 

Arizona
Alicia Feis, OD, Dean of Arizona College of Optometry, Midwestern University

 

California
Julie A. Schornack, OD, MEd, President of Marshall B. Ketchum University
Eric Borsting, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FCOVD, Dean of Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B Ketchum University
John Flanagan, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, Dean of University of California – Berkeley Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science
Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH, Founding Dean of Western University College of Optometry

 

Florida
Linda S. Rouse, OD, MBA, FAAO, Dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

 

Illinois
Mark Colip, OD, President Illinois College of Optometry
Stephanie Messner, OD, FAAO, Dean of Illinois College of Optometry
Melissa Suckow, OD, FAAO, Dean of Chicago College of Optometry, Midwestern University

 

Indiana
Joseph Bonanno, MS, OD, PhD, Dean of Indiana University School of Optometry

 

Kentucky
Michael Bacigalupi, OD, MS, FAAO, Dean of Kentucky College of Optometry – University of Pikeville

 

Massachusetts
Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, President of New England College of Optometry
Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO, Dean of Academic Affairs, New England College of Optometry
Maryke Nijhuis Neiberg, OD, FAAO, Dean of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Optometry

 

Michigan
Daniel A. Taylor, OD, EdD, MS,  MBA, FAAO, DipOE, Interim Dean of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State Univeristy

 

Missouri
Keshia Elder, OD, MS, FAAO, Dean of University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry

 

New York
David A. Heath, OD, EdM, President of State University of New York, College of Optometry

 

Ohio
karla zadnik theia 2020 Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, Dean of Ohio State University College of Optometry

 

Oklahoma
Douglas Penisten, OD, PhD, Dean of Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

 

Oregon
Jennifer Coyle, OD, MS, President of Pacific University
Fraser C. Horn, OD, FAAO, Dean of Pacific University College of Optometry

 

Pennsylvania
Melissa Trego, OD, PhD, Dean of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

 

Puerto Rico
Andrés Pagán, OD, MPH, Dean of Inter American University School of Optometry

 

Tennessee
Lewis Reich, OD, PhD, President of Southern College of Optometry

 

Texas
Sandra Juarez Fortenberry, OD, FAAO, ABO Diplomate, Dean of Rosenberg School of Optometry at University of Incarnate Word
Michael D. Twa, OD, PhD, FAAO, Dean of University of Houston, College of Optometry

 NEW OPTOMETRY SCHOOLS

Utah
Adam Hickenbotham, OD, MPH, PhD, Founding Dean of the College of Optometry, Rocky Mountain University
North Carolina

Catherine Heyman, OD, Founding Dean at High Point University School of Optometry

 

 

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