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MBKU Announces First University Provost


Marshall B. Ketchum University has named Morris S. Berman, O.D., M.S., (right), its first University Provost.  Dr. Berman is pictured with MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., who made the June 3 announcement.
Morris S. Berman, O.D., M.S., has been named the first University Provost for Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), as announced by University President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., on June 3.  As the 110-year-old University transitions from a single- to a multi-disciplinary health education institution the addition of a Provost is essential.

"In his role as University Provost, Dr. Berman will be responsible for the academic quality of all university programs and will assist other administrators in establishing the annual budget," said Dr. Alexander.  "The Deans of Optometry, Pharmacy and Health Sciences will report to the University Provost.  Directors of other campus-wide services such as Information Technology, Operations and the Library Service will also report to the Provost."

For the past year, Dr. Berman has served the developing university in the role of Senior Vice President taking on institutional research and outcomes assessment, professional and regional accreditation, and special projects for the President's Office.

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, now one of three programs at Marshall B. Ketchum University.

Before 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 (O.D.) and Master of Science in Physiological Optics (M.S.) at the University of Houston College of Optometry.  He has taught strabismus/amblyopia, electro-diagnosis, and ocular physiology; recently his teaching has included 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 its 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 its 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 AAO 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, 1987–88, as well as organization's TPA Study Committee, 1996–97.

Marshall B. Ketchum University
About Us

Rooted in a tradition of excellence in Optometry, Marshall B. Ketchum University's (MBKU's), vision is to reimagine the future of health care education by educating caring, inspired health care professionals who are prepared to deliver collaborative, patient-centric health care in an interprofessional environment.

Vision:  To reimagine the future of health care education.

Mission:  To educate caring, inspired health care professionals who are prepared to deliver collaborative, patient-centric health care in an interprofessional environment.

Core Values:  Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Compassion and Respect.

Marshall B. Ketchum University is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry and the School of Physician Assistant Studies.  Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to a university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals.  MBKU will provide a diversity of health care education opportunities in an environment fully focused on medical professionalism, combining advanced clinical training with innovative teaching methods.  The University confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (M.S.) degree.  MBKU's School of Physician Assistant Studies expects to award a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree.  MBKU has recently announced plans to establish a College of Pharmacy.

The University's superior 110-year-old optometric clinical education program provides patient care experiences in community optometric clinics; exposure to the delivery of optometric care in multi-disciplinary settings; and experiences in practices serving a wide variety of ethnic and socio-economic patient groups.  Marshall B. Ketchum University owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – University Eye Center at Fullerton located on its campus in Fullerton, CA, and University Eye Center at Los Angeles located on Broadway at Martin Luther King Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles.

Marshall B. Ketchum University:
  Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Southern California College of Optometry:  Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association.

School of Physician Assistant Studies:  The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Marshall B. Ketchum University Physician Assistant Program.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status.  The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned.  Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.