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About The Benedict Professorship
The Benedict Professorship in Practice Management and Administration was established in 1982 by a generous endowment provided by Mr. Bill Benedict and Family. The purpose of the professorship is to provide education and consultation for optometrists, professional students, residents, faculty and staff in the areas of practice management and administration. The professorship is expressly intended to focus on the independent practice of optometry.
Carl Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO
Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Spear obtained his optometry degree at UAB's School of Optometry and graduated with his MBA from Auburn University. Dr. Spear currently serves as Luxottica's Senior Vice President of Eyecare, North America, and has more than 20 years of expertise in the eyecare industry with a broad and diverse background.
Prior to his Luxottica role, he served as the senior director of professional services at Vision Group Holdings, where he contracted and managed a network of optometrists and ophthalmologists. He has also served as director of professional development and strategic accounts at Alcon, where he managed the Vision Care Speaker Alliance. During this time, he developed and implemented Alcon's doctor facing initiatives and provided strategic support for multiple doctor alliances and strategic partners, including Luxottica. Dr. Spear has also held the position of director of continuing education and vendor relations for Vision Source and has written, lectured, and consulted with industry leaders on a variety of disease topics. He has also served as an active member on the Florida Board of Optometry.
Dr. Spear is currently on the board of directors for the American Academy of Optometry and also serves as the Commander of the 403rd ASTS at Keesler Air Force Base. He and his wife, Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear, previously owned and operated a seven-location integrated optometry/ophthalmology practice in Pensacola, Florida that they sold in 2016.
Will be held in the
Health District: Health 1 Building, in the Molly and Doug Barnes Vision Institute
University of Houston College of Optometry
4901 Calhoun Road
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