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New Student Ambassadors Selected

Ten members of the Class of 2019 have been selected as Southern College of Optometry's newest student ambassadors.

Student ambassadors assist in student recruitment, admissions, and public relations functions of the college. They are selected each spring from the current first-year class on the basis of academic performance and personal interviews.

Laila Tawfik (KS/University of Kansas)
Jed Harrison (UT/Brigham Young University)
Brittany Glatting (WI/University of Wisconsin)
Jon Hoaglund (IA/Morningside College)
Blair Flint (TX/University of North Carolina)
Kelly Reed (SD/Concordia College)
Shelby Kruse (NE/University of Nebraska)
Nicolas Vu (TX/University of Southern California)
Sarah Kenning (KS/University of Kansas)
Royce Miles (MS/University of Mississippi)

Congratulations to each of these students!
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Campbell Named Vice President for Academic Affairs

J. Bart Campbell, OD '87, Professor, has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs after serving as Interim Vice President since last spring. The announcement was made by SCO President Lewis Reich, OD, PhD. 

Following his graduation from SCO, Dr. Campbell completed his Contact Lens Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Since joining SCO's faculty in 1988, he has served in several leadership capacities, including as Chair of the Department of Optometric Education. 

Currently Chair of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, Dr. Campbell is a professor at SCO. His professional areas of interest include contact lens practice with a special emphasis on the management of presbyopia and astigmatism with contact lens correction and the development and administration of optometric residency programs.

Dr. Campbell also has served as the Chair of the Department of Optometric Education, with primary responsibility for the design and implementation of the College's optometric curriculum. He is an author on numerous publications and two book chapters dealing with his areas of interest. He has presented lectures at SCO-sponsored continuing education, at the American Academy of Optometry, and at several other organizations.

Dr. Campbell is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

He has served on numerous committees, including: a National Board of Examiners in Optometry Examination Construction Committee (chair for two years), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Residency Affairs Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Residency Committee (chair for two years), the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Leadership and Professional Development Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Quality Improvement Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Planning Committee (chair for one year), the American Academy of Optometry Region 2 Admittance Committee (vice chair for seven years), and the American Academy of Optometry Resident's Day Committee (chair, 2007-2012).

Dr. Campbell received the Teacher of the Year Award from the SCO graduating Class of 1989 and the SCO President's Special Recognition Award in 2004.

Posted by Jim Hollifield at Friday, January 29, 2016 | 0 comments

SCO Announces New Board Members

Southern College of Optometry (SCO) recently named two members to its Board of Trustees and a third as the college’s Alumni Council representative. 

Joining the board are Amanda Brewer-Lord, OD ’97, and Chris Wroten, OD ’02, who previously served as the Board’s Alumni Council Representative. The new Alumni Council representative to the Board is Larry Otten, OD ’77 (not pictured).

Dr. Amanda Brewer-Lord obtained her optometry degree from SCO in 1997. A graduate of King College in Bristol, Tennessee, she received her Master of Science degree in Education from Radford University in Virginia.

Upon graduation, Dr. Brewer-Lord established Wythe Eye Associates, a private practice with two locations in Virginia. She has been active in leadership positions in optometry, including serving on the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Optometric Association, the Board of Directors of the Banzai Consortium, the Board for TLC Laser Eye Center, InfantSEE Regional Liaison, and as SECO Logistics Committee Vice-Chair, among others. 

At the local level, she has served on the Board of Directors for 1st Bank of Virginia and the Wytheville Chamber of Commerce. Her awards include being named Virginia’s Young OD of the Year and numerous Clinic of the Year awards in Wythe County. 

Dr. Chris Wroten graduated from SCO in 2002 prior to completing a hospital-based residency in Primary Eye Care at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. After two years on staff at West Tennessee Eye in the Memphis area, he returned home to Louisiana in 2005 to become a partner in the Bond-Wroten Eye Clinics with three offices in southeast Louisiana. 

Dr. Wroten serves as the Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic’s Chief Operating Officer and supervises its Family Practice Residency and Optometric Externship programs, both of which he founded. He has twice been elected President of the Optometry Association of Louisiana, received a number of state, regional, and national professional awards, and serves on several boards and committees both within and outside of the profession of optometry.

In addition to participating in clinical research, Dr. Wroten has also authored clinical case reports and eyecare articles, lectured as a continuing education speaker, and presented a number of educational posters and workshops at regional and national optometric conferences.

Joining the Board as SCO’s Alumni Council representative is Dr. Larry Otten, a graduate of the University of Washington and a 1977 SCO graduate. He opened his first Seattle-based clinic in 1978. After selling his practice in 2001, he joined a multi-clinic ophthalmology group in Redmond, Washington. 

He later purchased the practice and practiced there until his 2013 retirement. He is remaining active by working with a community college optician’s program and traveling abroad performing mission work in addition to working with local homeless clinics to provide vision care. 


Posted by Jim Hollifield at Friday, January 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Dr. Lewis Reich Named SCO President

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (January 12, 2016) – The Board of Trustees at Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has appointed Interim President Lewis Reich, OD, PhD, Professor, as the institution’s new president. Dr. Reich was previously named Interim President in March 2015.

“The Board of Trustees is proud to announce that we unanimously voted for Dr. Reich to be SCO’s new president,” said Dr. Steven Reed, SCO’s Board of Trustees chair. “The Board of Trustees has done its due diligence, and we strongly believe that this decision represents what is best for the future of SCO and the profession.”

Prior to being named Interim President, Dr. Reich served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. He joined SCO’s faculty in 2008 following nearly a decade of service at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where he served as Associate Professor and as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. 

A 1988 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he completed a residency in low vision rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and later joined the faculty. He received his PhD from the University of Houston in 1999. Dr. Reich and his wife, Diane, are the parents of a son, Isaac, and reside in Memphis. 

Dr. Reich becomes SCO’s seventh president in the college’s 85-year history. Founded in Memphis in 1932, SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with more than 525 students and residents from 40 states. 

The college’s public clinic, The Eye Center at SCO, serves more than 60,000 patients annually as one of the nation’s largest clinics in optometric education. SCO’s Community Outreach program reaches more than 12,000 children throughout Shelby County. The college also operates University Eyecare, a full service clinic on the campus of the University of Memphis, and the TearWell Advanced Dry Eye Center with locations in Memphis. 


Posted by Erin Jaffe at Monday, January 18, 2016 | 1 comments

In Memory of Craig Baxter, '16

A message from Dr. Lewis Reich, SCO President:

"It is with great sadness that I share this message to report the passing of our fourth-year extern, Craig Baxter. Craig's body was discovered Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

At SCO, we pride ourselves in building a tight-knit community, and so Craig's passing is one that impacts us all. During this difficult time, I ask each one of you to join together to honor his memory as we extend our condolences to his family, friends, classmates, instructors, and all those who knew and loved him.

Following Craig's disappearance last week, more than 25,000 people joined a Facebook group aiding in his search. Hundreds of volunteers combed the area where he was last seen, and the concern for his safety made headlines from Nebraska to Memphis. During such a difficult time, it has been heartening to see so many people show compassion.

More details about services or memorials will follow in the coming days. In the meantime, let's all remember Craig's loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. To Craig's classmates in the Class of 2016, please do not hesitate to reach out to one another or to faculty and staff here at the college for moral support. We are all here for each other in good times and bad, as this past week has demonstrated.

In memory of Craig Baxter, age 28, a member of the Class of 2016."
at Monday, January 11, 2016