Message from the Chair, Board of Trustees
Peter (Pano) Yeracaris, MD, MPH
I have to start by recognizing the incredible leadership and positive impact that Dr. Clifford Scott has provided during his nine years as NECO President. He truly guided the College through very challenging times. We are much stronger under his leadership and the hard work of NECO's excellent faculty and staff. President Scott will be missed for his vision, energy, and unfailing commitment to the College. Although our new president will bring new energy and vision to shepherd the College into the next era, there is only one “Scotty.”
2017 was another successful year at the college, highlighted by the opening of our flagship, state-of-the-art New England College of Optometry Center for Eye Care at Commonwealth Avenue. This new clinic will help consolidate our Commonwealth facilities into a unified clinical campus, bringing together pre-clinical training, specialty services, and clinical research and allowing us to teach and deploy many new technologies that will bridge into the future. Current NECO leadership, as well as faculty and staff, have embraced these new technologies and new educational paradigms and are integrating them into the curriculum.
Our clinical education system remains a tremendous institutional strength and the envy of other optometry schools. Our partnerships are unparalleled and unite NECO with many of Boston’s prominent health care providers, community health centers across the state, the Veterans Health Administration, hospitals and clinics, and eye care practices, large and small. Through these collaborations, NECO provides the highest quality of training and clinical experience for its students and also enables us to meet the critical public health mission of the college.
We also continue to develop strong international partnerships which help propel NECO into the use of new educational technologies and help improve eye care for vast numbers of people around the world. These opportunities will continue to be an important aspect of NECO’s future.
Many challenges remain, as is true for any institution or organization. However, we have become stronger over the last several years. We have developed more flexibility to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to a small, nimble, independent institution presents as we continue our commitment to develop the next generation of patient services and prepare the professionals who will deliver them. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I salute the students, faculty, staff and leadership of NECO for a job well done!