Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D.

Joined us in 2008

B.S., The Ohio State University
O.D., The Ohio State University College of Optometry
M.S., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Disease, OSU College of Optometry/Retina Vitreous Associates, Toledo, Ohio

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Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., began his tenure as the seventh president of the Southern California College of Optometry on July 1, 2008. Immediately prior to the SCCO presidency, he served as Dean, Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry, Big Rapids, MI.

Dr. Alexander brings an impressive record of leadership within academe and the optometric profession to SCCO. He served as President of the American Optometric Association (AOA) for 2007–08. His one-year term of leading the 35,000-member national optometric organization ended June 30, 2008.

Dr. Alexander has earned four degrees from The Ohio State University (OSU). They are: Bachelor of Science, June 1974; Doctor of Optometry, June 1976; Master of Science, Physiological Optics, August 1977; and Doctor of Philosophy, Physiological Optics, August 1979. He completed a Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Disease in 1995 at Retina Vitreous Associates affiliated with OSU.

Prior to his July 2000 start as Dean of the optometry program at Ferris State University, Dr. Alexander practiced optometry in private and group settings. He also held faculty positions at The Ohio State University, College of Optometry. For many years he has shared his expertise in the area of ocular disease with optometrists and other health care providers through his publications and scientific papers and continuing education lectures.

As an optometrist, Dr. Alexander has actively served his profession beginning with his 1976 membership in the Ohio Optometric Association to his recently completed volunteer position as President of the American Optometric Association, 2007–08. He has chaired or co-chaired numerous state and national committees including the AOA's 2005–06 series of summit meetings, Optometry 2020, that have outlined the preferred future for the profession.

SCCO's President holds many honors and awards. Among the most notable are: The Ohio State University, College of Optometry H. Ward Ewalt Medal for Distinguished Service, 2007; Michigan Optometric Association Keyperson of the Year, 2002; Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice, 2000; Trustee, American Optometric Association, 1999–2004; Past President, Ohio Optometric Association, 1996; Outstanding Service Award, Ohio Optometric Association, 1992 and 1998; Ohio Optometric Association Warren Morris Optometrist of the Year, 1989; Outstanding Service Award, Epsilon Psi Epsilon, 1987; and The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1980.