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The Illinois College of Optometry named Dr. Arol Augsburger as its president in November of 2002. A catalyst for progress and innovation in optometry, Dr. Augsburger has dedicated his work to improving the profession in academics, clinical expertise and organization management for more than 40 years. Since his appointment, Dr. Augsburger has partnered with ICO’s administration to advance both ICO and the profession of optometry.

Dr. Augsburger was honored in 2008 with the Distinguished Service Award by the American Optometric Association. In 2007, the Illinois Optometric Association named Dr. Augsburger Optometrist of the Year; he had previously received Optometrist of the Year honors in Alabama and Ohio.

Dr. Augsburger served as president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, including four years on the Executive Committee. He has also held several board offices and served as president of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Prior to joining ICO, Dr. Augsburger served as interim provost at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

President’s Administrative Cabinet

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  • John Budzynski, CPA
    Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer
  • Mark Colip, OD
    Vice President for Student, Alumni and College Development
  • Valarie Conrad, OD, MPH
    Vice President for Compliance and Community-Based Services
  • Maggie Lopez
    Chief Executive Assistant, Office of the President and Board of Trustees
  • Leonard Messner, OD, FAAO
    Vice President for Patient Care Services/Executive Director of the Illinois Eye Institute
  • Stephanie Messner, OD, FAAO
    Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Laura Rounce, MA
    Vice President for Administration

Board of Trustees

  • Dwight H. Akerman, OD, MBA, FAAO Vice Chairman
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Vasvi Babu, OD Treasurer
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Sandy Block, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Elyse Chaglasian, O.D., FAAO
    Chicago, Illinois
  • R. Michael Daley
    Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • Joseph L. Derezinski, MS
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Karen Eng, OD Chairman
    North Barrington, Illinois
  • Robert L. Fait, OD Secretary
    Burlington, Wisconsin
  • Dwain Hahs
    Jackson, Missouri
  • Jeffrey D. Johnson, OD
    Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Osvaldo I. Lopez, MD Public Trustee
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Nana Owusu, OD
    Winnipeg, Canada
  • Steven Schneider  
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Jeff Smith, OD, MBA
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Robert J. Steinmetz, OD
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Jeanette C. Varanelli, OD
    Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
  • Charles Weis, CPA
    Chicago, Illinois

Student Representative

  • Molly Proud, ’19
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Emeritus Trustees

  • James R. Butler, OD
    Atlantis, Florida
  • Donovan L. Crouch, OD, FAAO 
    Storm Lake, Iowa