The Illinois College of Optometry’s board of trustees has elected Donovan L. Crouch, OD, FAAO, of Storm Lake, Iowa, as chairman. A 1963 graduate of ICO, Dr. Crouch has been a board member for 11 years and succeeds Dr. Richard S. Kattouf, who served in the role for six years. As chairman, Dr. Crouch will serve a one-year term and lead the college’s governing board, which is comprised of 20 members with varied backgrounds in education, healthcare, business and community leadership.
"We have a great board of trustees and a new five-year strategic plan to follow, so I am excited and look forward to the challenge,” said Dr. Crouch. “With everyone's help we will be able to fulfill ICO’s mission."
Dr. Crouch is a 50-year private practice optometrist with a longstanding affinity for the college. He is actively involved with other organizations and boards such as the Iowa Optometric Association, Iowa Optometric Foundation, Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, North Central States Optometric Council and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Crouch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has been honored with numerous awards, including OD of the Year from the IOA and ICO’s Lifetime Service Award and Presidential Medal of Honor.