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Hats Off to Optometry School Leadership

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Read more about ODs who have made their career in academia here.

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