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NSU Professor to Serve World Council of Optometry

TAHLEQUAH – Douglas K. Penisten, O.D., Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Optometry at Northeastern State University, was recently named co-chair of the Education Committee of the World Council of Optometry (WCO). The WCO is an international organization dedicated to the enhancement and development of eye and vision care worldwide and represents more than 50 countries.

WCO serves as a forum for member organizations to respond to public health needs and opportunities around the world and is a unifying voice and catalyst for international projects and services that meet the needs of the optometric profession, ophthalmic industry, and public they serve.

Penisten's appointment was based on his long-standing service and commitment to optometric education. He was recently awarded the highest honor for optometric education, the Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education. This award is given by the American Academy of Optometry.

In addition to being the associate dean, Penisten is a professor of optometry at NSU. He has been actively involved in international optometry for many years and has lectured at numerous WCO meetings.


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