University of North Carolina at Pembroke Establishes School of Optometry, Names Dr. Rich Castillo as Founding Dean

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Monday, July 15, 2024 12:15 AM PEMBROKE, N.C.—During a special meeting held on July 9, the Board of Trustees named Dr. Rich Castillo the founding dean of the school of optometry at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). The announcement comes two months after UNCP received unanimous approval from the UNC System Board of Governors to establish a doctor of optometry program. UNCP said it plans to welcome its first optometry class in the fall of 2027. The program will be housed in a new $91 million health sciences building, which is set to break ground next year, the school said.

iOR Partners Appoints Lance J. Kugler, MD, as Strategic Advisory Board Chairman

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Friday, July 12, 2024 12:21 AM KANSAS CITY, Mo.—iOR Partners, a specialist in ophthalmic office-based surgery (OBS), announced that Lance J. Kugler, MD, has been named chairman of its strategic advisory board.

Clearside Biomedical Names Dr. Glenn Yiu to its Scientific Advisory Board

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Friday, July 12, 2024 12:18 AM ALPHARETTA, Ga.—Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLSD), a biopharmaceutical company, has announced the appointment of Glenn C. Yiu, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis, to its scientific advisory board.

Women In Optometry Celebrates 2024 Top Graduates With Special Feature

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Women In Optometry (WO) has announced its annual highlight of optometry students who have graduated at the top of their class. This year, WO created a special section on its website that offers additional content and insights for a comprehensive look at these outstanding graduates.

EyeSouth Partners Expands Clinical Research Division, Names New Director

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:21 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners, an eyecare management services organization, has announced the expansion of its clinical research division, a strategic move that the company said highlights its commitment to advancing ophthalmic treatments.

Zenni Optical Partners With USA Volleyball and U.S. Olympians Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss

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Friday, July 5, 2024 12:15 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni Optical has announced a new partnership with USA Volleyball and with 2024 U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team members, Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss, as its latest ambassadors to launch a line of Sports Performance Sunglasses.

National Vision Names Mark Banner as New Chief Stores Officer

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024 12:27 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the largest optical retail companies in the U.S., has announced the appointment of Mark Banner as the company’s new chief stores officer, effective July 8, 2024. Banner is transitioning into the role previously held by Sharon Petitt due to her planned retirement. A specialty retailer who joins the company after a seven-year tenure at Sleep Number, the company stated, Banner brings team leadership expertise in sales, sales operations, digital, promotion and real estate.

Topcon Healthcare Appoints Lance Patton as Chief Commercial Officer

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024 12:21 AM OAKLAND, N.J.—Topcon Healthcare, Inc., a provider of ophthalmic devices and software solutions, has announced the appointment of M. Lance Patton as its chief commercial officer.

Fielmann Group Closes Acquisition of Shopko Optical, Increases FY2024 Outlook and Adds to Leadership Team

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024 12:24 AM HAMBURG, Germany, GREEN BAY, Wis. and DETROIT—The Fielmann Group, a global eyewear provider, announced yesterday that it had closed on its acquisition of Green Bay, Wis.-based retailer Shopko Optical. In the announcement, the company also upgraded its 2024 sales outlook and announced an addition to its executive team. The transaction was first signed on June 10, 2024, and calls for the group's U.S. subsidiary, Fielmann USA, to acquire 100 percent equity ownership in Shopko Optical from Monarch Alternative Capital LP, as reported in VMAIL last month.

De Rigo Group Announces Jeff Fitzhugh as New President of De Rigo Rem, Alessandro Baronti to Depart at End of July

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Monday, July 1, 2024 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—De Rigo Group S.p.A. announced on Friday changes in its North American leadership. Alessandro Baronti, who has served as president of De Rigo Rem for the past six and a half years, will leave the organization at the end of July. On July 8, Jeff Fitzhugh will step into the role of president of De Rigo Rem.

Karen Petrou Appointed as Board Chair of the Foundation Fighting Blindness

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Friday, June 28, 2024 12:21 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness, an organization committed to driving the research for treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, has announced the appointment of Karen Petrou as board chair, effective July 1, 2024.

VSP Vision Names Scholarship Winners of Its Premier Edge Student Business Challenge

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision has named Malia McDowell, of the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Optometry, and Nastasya Liem, of UC Berkeley, Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science, as the 2024 VSP Premier Edge Student Business Challenge winners.

Prevent Blindness Georgia to Honor 2024 Person of Vision at 8th Annual Night for Sight Gala

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 12:15 AM ATLANTA—Prevent Blindness Georgia has announced that their 8th annual Night for Sight Gala will be held on October 26, 2024, at The Whitley Hotel Buckhead. During the event, PBGA will recognize their 2024 Person of Vision, Dr. Stephanie Vanderveldt, a leader in ophthalmology in Georgia.

Indizen Optical Technologies Appoints Dr. José Alonso as Chief Innovation Officer

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Monday, June 24, 2024 12:18 AM MADRID—Indizen Optical Technologies, a global leader in ophthalmic technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. José Alonso, a distinguished vision scientist, co-founder and longtime senior advisor of IOT, as its chief innovation officer.

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Announces 2024 Special Recognition Award Recipients; Dr. Karla Zadnik Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Thursday, June 20, 2024 12:15 AM ROCKVILLE, M.D.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has announced the recipients of its 2024 Special Recognition Awards. Karla Zadnik, OD, Ph.D is awarded the Lifetime Achievement award.