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KYCO faculty recognized by Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners

November 06, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
Jerald F. Combs, O.D., assistant professor of optometry, was recently recognized for his service on the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners where, from 1997-2016, he served as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer.

“Dr. Combs’ contributions to the mission of the board are immeasurable which is to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. We are all indebted to his many years of service. He was always willing to put the needs of others before his own,” said Connie Calvert, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners.

In addition to serving patients, Combs has a long history of dedication and service to the optometric profession. He has held numerous leadership roles and also served on multiple committees. Throughout his remarkable career, he has been recognized for his achievements and service by the American Optometric Foundation, the Kentucky Optometric Association and the Southern Council of Optometry.

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. The Kentucky College of Optometry is housed in the Health Professions Education Building, a new $72 million educational facility on UPIKE’s campus. 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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