Hickenbotham was a founding faculty member and assistant dean for research and chief of surgery at the college. He also serves as director of institutional research for Tusculum’s College of Health Sciences.
“Adding Dr. Hickenbotham, who is well-versed in the most up-to-date methods of practice for the optometric profession is another feather in our cap,” Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, the optometry school’s founding dean and executive vice president of the College of Health Sciences, said. “We are focused on developing the premier college of optometry in the nation, one that will lead in research and serve as a model for patient care. Dr. Hickenbotham will play a vital role in accomplishing our goals.”
The college has some ambitious plans for the future, including sending students out into the field at clinics all across the region. Tusculum is projecting to enroll the first class of 70 students in the four-year program in fall 2020 as it continues the accreditation process.
“As we proceed toward establishing the Niswonger College of Optometry, Tusculum will have an opportunity to transform medical eye care in the region in partnership with other providers,” Hickenbotham said. “At the Niswonger College of Optometry, we are seeking to transform the training of optometric physicians to align ourselves with the extensive medical training provided by allopathic and osteopathic schools. We can have a lasting impact on future generations, and I am excited to be part of that development.”
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