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NSU's Penisten to Chair Optometry Accreditation Council

Dr. David Nelson, American Optometric Association President, has appointed Northeastern State University Professor Douglas Penisten, O.D., Ph.D., as chairman of the St. Louis-based Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

The 11-member council is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and oversees the evaluation and accreditation of 10 optometry doctoral programs, 120 optometry residencies, and six optometric technician programs in the Unites States, Canada, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Penisten, who joined the NSU faculty in 1988, has served in the American Optometric Association volunteer structure for more than eight years. He has served as the vice chairman of the Accreditation Council for five years.

Penisten also serves on the Education and Conference Steering Committees of the World Council of Optometry, the Examination Council of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and as the president of the Optometric Historical Society.  

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