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Smythe elected as ASCO’s first woman president

August 26, 2013
Jennifer Smythe, O.D., dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry, will serve as the first woman elected ASCO president.

Jennifer Smythe, O.D., dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry, will serve as the first woman elected ASCO president.

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) elected Jennifer Smythe, O.D., Pacific University College of Optometry dean, as president. She is the first woman elected to the ASCO office of president.

Dr. Smythe will head the association made up of 21 schools and colleges of optometry across the United States and Puerto Rico.

“A goal of mine this year is to increase awareness of the value of inter-professional education,” Dr. Smythe said. “Optometry is a very diverse field, and inter-professional education will not only enhance the experience of our students but also the patients they serve.”

A Pacific alumna who has served as dean since 2008, Dr. Smythe earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and optometry doctorate at the university.

Prior to serving as dean, Dr. Smythe served as a professor, chief of contact lens services and associate dean for academic programs. She spent 12 years in private practice and has written extensively on vision care.

“Because of Dr. Smythe’s passion for our profession and concern for the future of optometric education, she will be an excellent leader for ASCO in the upcoming year,” said Dori Carlson, O.D., who was the first woman president of the AOA.

Dr. Smythe’s term as president is from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

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