New England College of Optometry is pleased to welcome Dr. Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO as the 13th President of the College. Dr. Purcell began his term on July 1, 2018.
President Purcell’s appointment was announced on April 18, 2018 by the Board of Trustees of New England College of Optometry after a detailed selection process.
Following the announcement, Dr. Purcell noted, “I am honored and thrilled to join a team of outstanding educators, administrators and optometry students who are motivated to make a difference for the profession and the patients we serve. Dr. Scott has worked hard as president to guide the path of NECO with humility, grace, and professionalism while always keeping the student front and center in the decision-making process. I look forward to building on the solid foundation he has established.”
Previously, President Purcell worked in industry, academia and private practice. He served as Senior Vice President of Customer Development for Essilor of America, Senior Director of Professional Affairs at Johnson and Johnson, and Dean at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. He began his career in private practice with his father, NECO alumnus Saul Purcell, OD ’54.