David A. Heath, OD, EdM Elected President of ASCO
ROCKVILLE, MD, June 25, 2015 – Dr. David Heath, President of the State University of New York College of Optometry, has been elected President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). ASCO comprises of the 21 schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Heath previously served as President of ASCO during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Dr. Heath has been involved in optometric education since 1984 and has been a member of ASCO’s Board of Directors since 2007. He is also active with the American Optometric Association and the New York State Optometric Association.
“The coming year at ASCO will be one of transition and opportunity as our new executive director, Ms. Dawn Mancuso, begins her tenure and as we initiate a comprehensive strategic planning process,” President Heath says. “This is an important time as we enter ASCO’s 75th year as an association. As a community, we will embrace this transition as an opportunity to increase the impact of ASCO and to advance optometric education.”
ASCO’s Board of Directors also elected its Executive Committee during its Annual Meeting in Seattle. Elected are: President-Elect, Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, FAAO, Dean and Professor, Ohio State University, College of Optometry; Secretary-Treasurer, Elizabeth Hoppe OD, MPH, DrPH, Founding Dean, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry; At-Large Member, David A. Damari, OD, Dean, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University; and Immediate Past-President, Jennifer Coyle, OD, MS, Dean, Pacific University, College of Optometry.
Dr. Heath begins his term as president on July 1, 2015.
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.