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AZ: New Dean of Optometry College Announced

October 08, 2008

by Karen Mattox

Midwestern University (MWU) announces the appointment of Hector C. Santiago, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO, as the Dean of the new Arizona College of Optometry, slated to open in August, 2009.

Dr. Santiago has served for the past 24 years at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry, where his career included positions as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Dean of Academic Affairs, and, since 1997, the Dean of the School. Dr. Kathleen H. Goeppinger, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted, "Dr. Santiago is a great addition to the Administrative Team of Midwestern University. He brings a wealth of knowledge in Optometric education and quality programs, and has an outstanding track record as an academic and administrator. His past experience as Dean of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry will help Midwestern University establish an outstanding educational opportunity for our students, a role model for our new faculty, and an exceptional new College."

Dr. Santiago earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, completed an NIH fellowship, and received his doctorate in optometry from the New England College of Optometry. He is an accomplished researcher, has published extensively, and is active in a number of national associations, including the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, where he served as president last year.

Midwestern University's new Arizona College of Optometry, scheduled to open in August, 2009, will be the only optometry program in the state, and only one of 19 in the country.

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