NSUS Foster Receives Top Service Award
TAHLEQUAH - George E. Foster,
O.D., dean of the College of Optometry
at Northeastern State University, has been awarded the Vision Service
Award for outstanding achievements by the Heart of American Contact Lens
The award was presented at the 41st Annual Congress held
recently in Kansas City, MO, and is given each year to an individual or
group who exhibit extraordinary dedication and untiring service to the
profession of optometry.
Dr. Foster is an outstanding individual, said
Dr. Larry Williams, NSU president. His continued dedication and
knowledge of optometry have been a driving force in making NSU College
of Optometry the best in the country.
Dr. Norman Hinkle, who presented the award, said, Dr.
Foster is a man of accomplishment and achievement. Through his efforts,
optometry in Oklahoma, as well as the rest of the nation, has been advanced.
According to Dr. Art Epstein, chief optometric editor of
Optometric Management, Dr. Foster is, without question, a pioneer
in this industry, and he continues to forge ahead and raise the bar for
success and first-class care.
Dr. Foster received his Doctor of Optometry degree from
the University of Houston and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern
State University in Tahlequah, OK. Before assuming the helm as dean of
the College of Optometry at NSU, Dr. Foster was in primary practice for
many years in Bristow, OK, and served for many years as the secretary/treasurer
of the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners. Dr. Foster has served actively
in optometry organizations on the state and national level. He helped
spearhead the initiative to pass laser legislation in Oklahoma, making
Oklahoma the first to allow O.D.s to use lasers to correct vision.
Among many other prestigious awards, Dr. Foster was named
the Oklahoma Optometrist of the Year for two separate years (1983 and
1989); the American Optometric Associations Optometrist of the Year
in 1989; and one of the Top Ten O.D.s of the Decade by Optometric
Management Magazine (1999). He was named to the Oklahoma Association of
Optometric Physicians Team of the Century in 2000.
Now completing his fifth year as dean of the NSU College
of Optometry, Dr. Foster continues to work diligently in the development
of, and the advancement of, one of the premier optometry education programs
in the nation. He is particularly active in promoting the quality and
quantity of delivery of health care in rural areas.
According to Dr. Foster, Access, accountability, and
affordability with dignity are the hallmarks of delivery of health care
in the rural setting. NSUCO is considered to have one of the premier optometry
education programs in the nation due largely because of the symbiotic
relationship we share with the Cherokee Nation in providing vision care
to their people.