Albany - State University of
New York Chancellor John R. Ryan today announced that he will recommend to the
SUNY Board of Trustees that Dr. David Heath be the permanent president of the
SUNY College of Optometry.
Chancellor Ryan said,
"Dr. David Heath's innovative approach and strategic focus to management,
his rigorous training and education, as well as his demonstrated success as an
academic leader make him the ideal choice to be the president of the College of Optometry."
The chancellor also praised
the work of the College of Optometry
Council and the search committee for
the national scope of their efforts and the excellent result of the process.
Heath was the unanimous choice of the search committee and the College Council.
College of Optometry
Council Chair and Search Committee
Chair Gretchen Stone said, "We are very pleased Chancellor Ryan has
forwarded Dr. David Heath to the Board of Trustees. David Heath possesses all
the excellent leadership and academic qualities the committee looked for in our
Heath said, "I am
honored by the confidence Chancellor Ryan, the SUNY Optometry College Council
and the search committee have shown in me. It would be a great privilege to
lead the students, faculty and staff of the College of Optometry, and I look forward to meeting with the SUNY Board of
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 SUNY Board of Trustees
will take up Chancellor Ryan's recommendation at its next regular meeting on Tuesday March 20, 2007.
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.