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Akers appointed interim associate dean at KYCO

June 23, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Donnie Akers, O.D., has been appointed interim associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO). Effective July 1, Akers will work as the chief reviewer and developer of the faculty and the academic curriculum for KYCO.

A number of dual appointed faculty, as well as the newly hired faculty, have been appointed to assist Akers in making the transition to his new position. He will continue his overall responsibility for the gross anatomy course and the virtual anatomy laboratory he has created on campus.

“Dr. Akers comes to the role with a distinguished career in both private practice in Kentucky as well as an optometrist in the Veterans Administration Health System,” said Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S., vice president for optometric education and founding dean of KYCO. “He brings demonstrated leadership to the executive council with two years as the chair of KYCO’s faculty council.”

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction was recently completed on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.  

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