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New England College of Optometry Seeks Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

New England College of Optometry Seeks Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs image

Search process continues for applicants to join NECO’s senior leadership team to lead the College’s academic programs

Position Announcement: Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is seeking a new Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs to join its senior leadership team and to play a key role in implementing a new strategic plan created to strengthen the College’s academic programs and mission while solidifying its leadership position in an increasingly competitive environment. This individual will work in concert with the President and Senior Vice-President of Finance and Administration on a daily basis to fulfill the College’s goals of preparing the next generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences.

The main campus of NECO is located in the historic Back Bay section of Boston, one of the safest and most affluent neighborhoods in the city, composed of beautiful Victorian townhouses. It is in close proximity to the shopping district of Newbury Street and cultural attractions such as Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, and the Boston Public Library. The Beacon Street campus includes classrooms, teaching laboratories, and offices for the faculty and administration. Laboratories for the vision research program, the Myopia Research Center, and the Children’s Vision Laboratory are on this campus as well.

The traditional four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) Degree is the largest program at NECO with just under 500 students. The program is based on a solid foundation delivered through the departments of Vision Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Disease, Primary Care, and Specialty and Advanced Care along with extensive hands-on clinical training introduced in the first four weeks of the program. The early clinical training is the hallmark of NECO’s education. A rich and diverse network of college-owned and operated clinics, community health centers, and other clinical affiliates make up New England Eye, Inc. (NEE), the patient care and clinical teaching affiliate of the College.

NECO is seeking an experienced academic leader with the vision, maturity and management qualities necessary to build upon the College’s reputation and advance it to even higher levels of excellence and student success. The new VP/Dean AA will lead the implementation of a soon-to-be completed strategic plan, guide the College toward its goals, and provide the vision that will establish the direction for future research, expansion of facilities, recruitment of students, hiring of faculty, and the delivery of the didactic curriculum and clinical care training. The successful candidate will be instrumental in contributing to the operational and fiscal affairs of the College and will serve as a senior official on campus.

Successful applicants must hold a Doctor of Optometry Degree (OD) and/or PhD in vision, life sciences, or public health and possess an outstanding record as an accomplished and compassionate educator, scholar and/or clinician. It is preferred that the new VP/Dean AA possess evidence of leadership as demonstrated by significant experience with strategic planning, interdisciplinary education, assessment, budgeting, academic policies, hiring and managing faculty, and working with a diverse group of constituencies and building consensus toward shared academic goals.

Nominations, confidential inquiries and applications may be sent to Joy Yablonsky at

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