Morris S. Berman, OD, MS

University Provost

Joined us in 1985

Dipl. Optom., Witwatersrand Institute of Technology
OD, University of Houston
MS, University of Houston
Residency in Optometry, Optometric Center of New York

714.449.7455 • Fax 714.992.7809

Dr. Morris Berman serves as University Provost. He is responsible for the academic quality of all university programs and assists the Deans and other Drectors in establishing the annual budget. Prior to this appointment in 2014, he was Senior Vice President for Administration at the University where his responsibilities included institutional research and outcomes assessment, professional and regional accreditation, and planning the expansion of university facilities to accommodate the new interprofessional programs. Prior to this appointment in 2013, Dr. Berman served 28 years as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). Prior to joining SCCO in 1985, he was the Assistant Dean for Education at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and also served as a faculty member at the University of Houston College of Optometry. A second generation optometrist, Dr. Berman completed his optometric training in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1967. He completed a residency program at the Optometric Center of New York in 1968 and earned the degrees Doctor of Optometry (OD) and Master of Science in Physiological Optics (MS) at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has taught strabismus/amblyopia, electro-diagnosis, and ocular physiology; current teaching includes a course in Professional Ethics at SCCO. Dr. Berman has published over 30 papers on clinical topics and co-authored the Dictionary of Visual Sciences and Related Clinical Terms. Dr. Berman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Chaired the AAO Education Program Committee (formerly Ellerbrock Memorial CE Committee) in 2001-02. He has served as the Chair, Academic Affairs Committee of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), and as editor of ASCO’s bi-monthly publication Eye on Education. Dr. Berman also chaired a national conference on the Optometry Curriculum Model in 1992 which formed part of the Summit in Optometric Education series. He currently serves as chair of the American Academy of Optometry Nominating Committee and chairs the American Optometric Association Ethics and Values Committee. Dr. Berman has served on the Task Force on Para-optometric continuing education of the California Optometric Association (COA) in 1987-88, as well as the TPA Study Committee of the COA in 1996-97.