Jerald Wayne Strickland is a native of Indiana. After graduate studies he joined the faculty of the School of Optometry at Indiana University where he taught and was the director of external affairs. ln 1974 he joined the faculty and administration of the PCO, Philadelphia, PA, as the Director of the Di vision of Professional Studies. The following year he was appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at the College and he served as dean and chief academic officer until going to the University of Houston in July 1979. His initial administrative role at the UH College of Optometry was as the Associate Dean for Administration and Professor of Optometry, and in 1981 he was appointed Associate Dean for Professional Studies. Since 1992, he has served as Dean of the College and represented the faculty and the College at the international, national, state, university and practitioner levels. In 1995 he was appointed by the Commissioner on Higher Education of the State of Texas to the Health Professions Education Advisory Committee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Dean Strickland recently completed a term as President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. The Texas Optometric Association selected Dean Strickland as "Optometrist of the Year'" in 1996, the first time a dean of the college has received such an honor. In 1998, Dean Strickland was elected President of the newly formed Partnership Foundation for Optometric Education and has been a longtime and vocal advocate for the funding of advancements in optometric education through national endowments specifically for the schools and colleges of optometry. Dr. Strickland currently serves on the Foundation for Education in Research and Vision (FERV) Board.