ROCKVILLE, MD, June 30, 2016 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Special Recognition Awards.
R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council’s Chief Executive Officer, is this year’s Industry Leadership Award winner.
The Industry Leadership Award recognizes an individual from a current or past ASCO Corporate Contributor Partner who has demonstrated exemplary support of ASCO and its member institutions. The individual serves as an example of his/her colleagues in the industry; and has made exceptional and meaningful contributions to the advancement of ASCO and optometric education.
Mr. Daley is recognized for his long history of support of ASCO and his enthusiasm, professionalism and leadership. He has consistently championed programs that have advanced and enhanced optometric education and have benefited students, faculty and residents.
“I am incredibly honored to receive the Industry Leadership Award from ASCO and am proud to support their commitment to promoting and advancing excellence in optometric education,” says Daley. “In return, I pledge to continue as an advocate for optometry related causes in the vision community, particularly those that educate the public about eye health and the importance of annual eye care.”
Additional awardees are: ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Morris Berman, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University; and ASCO Rising Star Awardees, Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry and Dr. Nicole Ross, New England College of Optometry.
Mr. Daley and his fellow awardees were recognized during ASCO’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, June 29 in Boston, MA.
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a non-profit association representing the interests of optometric education. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Rockville, MD, ASCO is committed to achieving excellence in optometric education and to helping its member institutions prepare well-qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry. Its membership encompasses the schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate members.