The University of Pikeville is seeking qualified applicants for the position of dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). Located in the heart of Appalachia, the University of Pikeville is committed to offering a broad liberal arts and health professions education. KYCO is fully accredited and received eight-year approval from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) in 2020. The dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry shall be the chief executive officer for the optometry college. The dean shall be responsible for the development and administration of the optometric academic programs and policies in conjunction with the provost and president, and shall perform other such duties as the president or the board of trustees may direct from time to time. KYCO has the support of the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) and Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners (KBOE).
This role is tasked with leading the faculty in determining and implementing the academic and clinical program necessary to maintain the college in the forefront of the profession. The dean leads the Kentucky College of Optometry and partners with the university’s office of advancement in activities devoted to fundraising. In doing so, the dean must articulate within and outside KYCO values and standards of the optometric profession.
Within the University of Pikeville, the dean is the principle advocate for the Kentucky College of Optometry, ensuring that the needs of the faculty, the students, and the curriculum are fully considered in the making of university-wide decisions.