Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
voted unanimously today to name Dr. David Heath as the permanent president of
the SUNY College of Optometry.
SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan
said, “We are very pleased to have Dr. David Heath leading the College of Optometry and
we welcome and congratulate him on becoming its president. The College of Optometry Search Committee and the College Council’s outstanding performance in
searching the nation and bringing us Dr. David Heath are most commendable. We now
look forward to President Heath leading the faculty, students and staff of the
College to even greater national prominence, academic accomplishment and
Board Chairman Thomas F. Egan
said, “Congratulations go to Dr. David Heath on becoming the president of the State
University of New York College of Optometry. During more than twenty years in New England,
David Heath demonstrated his ability in the academic field of optometry, as an
educator and as an outstanding administrator. David Heath is another example
of the ability of the State University to attract top academic and administrative talent
from across the country.”
Dr. Heath said, "I am very
grateful to the Board of Trustees for appointing me, and I want to thank
Chancellor Ryan and the College of Optometry
Search Committee and College Council
for all their support. Leading the students, faculty and staff of the College
represents the highest professional privilege and honor. I look forward to
beginning our work together.”
Heath has served as the vice
president and dean of Academic Affairs at the New England College of Optometry
in Boston, from 1994 until the end of 2006. He currently is serving the College
as special advisor to the president on transition planning.
As chief academic officer and
member of the senior management team for the past twelve years, Heath was
responsible for the academic mission and leadership of the New England College
of Optometry. Among other areas, Heath was responsible for academic program
oversight, which includes professional and graduate degree programs,
residencies, research and international programs.
included strategic planning, assessment, institutional and specialized
accreditation, faculty, student services (admissions, enrollment management,
academic support services, counseling and registrar), an extended network of
clinical education affiliates and library services.
Heath has earned the
1992: Masters in Education. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Administration, Planning & Social Policy
Fellowship: New England College Of Optometry
1983: Doctor of Optometry: New England College Of
1976: B.A. Psychology: Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses.