Leadership Circle


The Leadership Circle recognizes the Illinois College of Optometry’s most generous benefactors—those individuals who support the college with annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Thesealumni and friends of ICO share its interests and are committed to generously supporting the college.

The financial support of Leadership Circle members is vital to ICO, helping the college to fulfill its mission to provide excellence in optometric clinical education. These gifts provide both unrestricted support for the college’s operating budget as well as restricted support to fund capital improvements, student scholarships and community outreach initiatives.

ICO President Arol Augsburger, OD, has a strong personal commitment to the Leadership Circle. He shares regular communication with members and hosts exclusive events such as the annual Leadership Circle reception at Homecoming, and private gatherings for Leadership Circle members at his home.

Additional privileges of membership

  • Custom-designed Leadership Circle lapel pin
  • Invitations to private Leadership Circle events
  • Recognition in ICO Matters and at events
  • Special recognition in the annual Honor Roll of Donors

Providing Leadership Circle members with distinguished recognition is a priority for Dr. Augsburger. Gold, silver and bronze membership levels have been established to acknowledge the commitment and extraordinary contributions of Leadership Circle members.

Leadership Circle Gold
Members have made gifts or pledge payments of $5,000 or more within the past 12-month period.

Leadership Circle Silver
Members have made gifts or pledge payments of $2,000 to $4,999 within the past 12-month period.

Leadership Circle Bronze
Members have made gifts or pledge payments of $1,000 to $1,999 within the past 12-month period.

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