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Earl L. Smith III, returns as UHCO Dean

Posted On: 08/03/2015


“Roger has been an invaluable asset to the College and me during this interim period and provided true leadership and direction. I, along with the UHCO family, thank Roger for his dedication and hard work. UHCO’s momentum in the past two years has not wavered, and UHCO remains a leader in the optometric community with innovative research, state-of-the-art clinical services and a faculty dedicated to our students’ success,” notes Dr. Smith. “I am excited to return to the College and serve as Dean once again.”

Transition and change are taking place all around UHCO with the HBSB II breaking ground in July 2015. This new facility will integrate teaching, research and clinical programs in the second phase of the development of UH’s biomedical campus. The nine-story, 285,000 sq.-foot facility will provide a new home for the College of Pharmacy and include expanded research facilities for faculty and students, a new Health Sciences Library dedicated to students enrolled within the health care disciplines and, most significantly, an Integrated Care Center, a public-serving primary care clinic that will house a Federally Qualitied Health Center and a Behavioral Health Clinic that will provide unique inter-professional educational opportunities for all the health care programs on the UH campus. The facility will directly connect to the Armistead Building on the first floor and the existing Health and Biomedical Sciences Building I on four floors giving UHCO’s patients, students, alumni, faculty and staff access to services housed in HBSB II.

Looking forward, Dr. Smith will continue to build UHCO’s scholarship endowments, create new opportunities for clinical and basic research and ensure that our facilities and patient care services are second to none. Most importantly, Dr. Smith will continue to ensure that UHCO’s graduates are prepared to provide the highest quality eye care services to the citizens of Texas. Join us in welcoming back Dr. Smith as Dean and in thanking Dr. Boltz for his service as Interim Dean.