Dr. Karen Eng Elected Chairman of ICO’s Board of Trustees
For the first time in our 144-year history, the chairman of the Illinois College of Optometry’s board of trustees is a woman. Karen Eng, OD, of North Barrington, Ill., was elected in October. Dr. Eng has been a board member for six years, and succeeds Donovan Crouch, OD, FAAO, who served for three years.
In her career, Dr. Eng has focused much of her energy on promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education with girls and women. This makes the role of chairman an especially good fit, as ICO’s student population is more than 70 percent female.
“I am extremely honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as the chairman,” said Dr. Eng. “We have been striving to build diversity on the board of trustees to represent our constituents, and I welcome the opportunity to champion this effort. My hope is to continue the strong leadership of the board of trustees, and to empower our next generation of optometrists.”
Dr. Eng will serve a one-year term leading the college’s governing board, which is comprised of 20 members with varied backgrounds in education, healthcare, business and community leadership.
“She will be an outstanding partner in the governance and strategic initiatives of the Illinois College of Optometry,” said ICO president Arol Augsburger, OD. “Her work with the Asian American and business communities both locally and nationally has already had great impacts for Illinois and the country at large. Dr. Eng has deep respect for ICO’s traditions and people, and is a great asset to our work in best preparing students for practice.”
Dr. Eng is the President and CEO of CSMI, which specializes in engineering consulting to the FDA and USDA-regulated industries. She is actively involved with other organizations and boards, such as the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Illinois Business Enterprise Program Council, Illinois Comptroller Women’s Advisory Council, and the Asian American Advisory Committee for Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Recently, she was appointed to the Advisory Board for National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE).