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Earl L. Smith III, OD, PhD, to Step Down

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I want to take this opportunity to personally let you know that last week I announced to the UHCO faculty that I will step down as UHCO’s Dean, effective the end of this academic year.

You have heard me say many times that being Dean is the best job that I’ve ever had. While that is still true, I have a few years remaining on my grant and it is time for me to step aside so that I can devote more time to my research. It’s also time for a new Dean to come in and spur greater growth for the College. Historically, with each new Dean, the College has grown and flourished, building on the foundation from the prior administration. I will continue to serve as Dean as the University completes a search and hires my successor, a process that could take up to a year. There will be continuity during this transition and the College will continue to move forward so our momentum is not lost.


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See to Succeed Screens 10,000+

UH Eye Center- Heights (formerly GNC) and UHCO are Enhancing Vision For Life one eye exam at a time for children in the Houston community! The See to Succeed Program screened a record 10,150 children this academic year. Pat Segu, OD,’92, serves as the program director for See to Succeed and is also the Regional Director of Houston Community Based External Clinics for UHCO.

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2018 TOA Awards

UHCO is proud to announce the Award Recipients from the 118th Annual Texas Optometric Association (TOA) Convention. Kevin Gee, OD, ‘98, for OD of the Year; Jennifer Deakins McCreight, OD; ‘10, Young OD of the Year, Melvin, Cleveland, Jr., OD, William D. Pittman Award; Zanna Krouch, OD, ‘09, Educator of the Year; and Nancy George, OD, ‘81, Mollie Armstrong Award. In addition, the TOA 2018- 2019 President is Jenny Terrell, OD, '03. Congratulations on your well-deserved accolades!

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