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Since its founding in 1894, New England College of Optometry has benefited from leaders with vision and commitment to the highest quality education and clinical training of tomorrow’s optometrists.

Board of Trustees

Office of the President

Headshot photo of Howard Purcell in blue collared shirt and dark suit.

President Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO

Dr. Howard Purcell was named New England College of Optometry’s 13th president in 2018. Prior to his appointment as President, Dr. Purcell served as the Senior Vice President, Customer Development for Essilor of America for ten years, Senior Director of Professional Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care for 13 years, and Deputy Dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. He also worked in private practice for eleven years.   About President Purcell

President’s Leadership Team

  • Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, President, CEO
  • Traci Logan, MS, Executive Vice President, CFO and COO
  • Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Gary Chu, OD, MPH, FAAO, Vice President, Professional Affairs
  • Kristen Tobin, MS, Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Senior Administration

  • Ben Feingold-Thoryn, MA, Director of Technology Support Services
  • Shawne K Gillies, CFM, Director of Campus Planning and Facilities Management
  • Andrew Kall, Director of Development
  • Jill Lund, Director of Enterprise Technology
  • Pete Maddocks, Executive Director of Financial Operations
  • Carolynn Miller, Executive Director, Human Resources
  • Thanasis Panorgias, MSc, PhD, FAAO, Director of Graduate Studies
  • Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO, Director of Residencies
  • Diane Russo, OD, MPH, MBA, FAAO, Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Director of Residencies
  • Fuensanta A. Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO, Director of Research

Clinical Leadership

  • Timothy Bossie, OD, FAAO, Senior Director Owned Clinics and Outreach Affiliations
  • Amy Moy, OD, FAAO, Senior Director CHC Initiatives and Optometric Practice Compliance
Cover of strategic plan booklet entitled Preparing Today's Optometrists for Tomorrow's Optometry.

Strategic Plan 2020-2025