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Dr. Lisa Wade

Director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence


First Appt: 1985

Academic Background:

1987; M.P.A.; University of Memphis
1985; Residency; Southern College of Optometry
1984; O.D.; Southern College of Optometry
1982; B.S.; Southern College of Optometry


Dr. Wade has served in many capacities during her tenure at Southern College of Optometry (SCO). She has taught in both the didactic and clinical programs, served as Director of Applicant Resources, Chair of the Admissions Committee, and as the Director of Continuing Education. In 1994, she was named Vice-President for Institutional Advancement in which she served until 2006 when she left SCO to pursue an entrepreneurial enterprise. In 2014, Dr. Wade returned to SCO to teach Practice Management, and was named Director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence in 2015.

Dr. Wade has served the profession through numerous activities on behalf of the National Institutes of Health-National Eye Institute, the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Optometric Association, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, the Southern Council of Optometrists, and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She has lectured extensively in the areas of public health, vision and learning, and business principles.

She is a recipient of SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the President’s Special Recognition Award for Service to the Profession, and was awarded the distinction Professor Emerita. Dr. Wade was named Executive of the Year by the Memphis Business Journal and one of the Top 50 Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. As a recipient of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Platinum Bar and Shield Award, Dr. Wade’s business was recognized as one of the Top 6 Performing Dealerships in the US. Dr. Wade is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and recognized as Who’s Who in Mississippi.