About ICO

Office of the President

Dr. Mark K. Colip is the sixth president of the Illinois College of Optometry. Thanks to his values, passion, and vision, ICO’s Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Dr. Colip as the right president for this period in ICO’s  history. He has worked closely with three previous presidents and has been involved in many phases of ICO's development. Leading up to his 2019 inauguration, Dr. Colip served at ICO for over 25 years. Today, he leads our efforts to advance the College’s mission as we progress toward ICO’s 150th anniversary in 2022.


“ICO’s mission is to develop highly qualified clinical optometrists through excellence in optometric education. “


Through our shared values, we cultivate a compassionate and sustainable home for the ICO family- our students, faculty, staff, patients, and neighbors in the city of Chicago.




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Our strategic plan is at the heart of our daily operations. To help ICO achieve our vision for the future, there are many ways to get involved:

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The Inauguration of ICO’s sixth president, Dr. Mark K. Colip, took place on May 18, 2019.

Presidential Challenge Coin

Each person who attended ICO’s 2019 Presidential Inauguration received an exclusive challenge coin. This memento not only commemorates the event, but also acts as a reminder of the recipient’s connections to the Illinois College of Optometry.

Challenge coins are carried by groups of people who share special memories, causes, or ideologies. Dr. Colip’s Presidential challenge coin is a tangible reminder that, no matter where life takes us, all members of the ICO family remain connected in kindness and integrity.

Past Presidents