Nova Southeastern Names Optometry Dean

Nova Southeastern Names Optometry Dean


Nova Southeastern University has appointed Linda S. Rouse, OD, as permanent dean of its optometry college.

Linda Rouse

Linda Rouse, OD

A year ago, Rouse was appointed interim dean, succeeding David S. Loshin, OD. She will begin her appointment as dean effective immediately.

Rouse joined the optometry college in 2003 as assistant professor and chief of optical services. She was promoted in 2005 to chief operations officer of The Eye Care Institute and then to assistant dean for finance and operations. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Rouse is an active clinician, educator, researcher and university and community service member. She developed an optical education curriculum for third- and fourth-year students. Rouse’s interests range from optometric practice management and ophthalmic optics to a particular interest in neuro-eye and posterior segment diseases of the eye.

Rouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association and the Broward County Optometric Association. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and actively participates in the clinical administrators and directors special interest group and on the financial affairs committee. Rouse served for more than six years on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry’s Basic Science, Examination Development and Applied Basic Science Committees, and the Applied Basic Science Council. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stetson University, a bachelor’s degree in visual science and OD from Illinois College of Optometry, and an M.B.A. from NSU. She served her primary optometric care and ocular disease residency and clinical education fellowship at the Illinois College of Optometry and Illinois Eye Institute.


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