UIW Appoints New Dean for Rosenberg School of Optometry

Photo Cutline:  Timothy A. Wingert, O.D., F.A.A.O. newly appointed dean of UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry.

Timothy A. Wingert, O.D., F.A.A.O. newly appointed dean of UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry.



San Antonio – University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Provost Dr. Kathi Light is proud to announce the appointment of Timothy A. Wingert, O.D., F.A.A.O. as dean of UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO). Wingert will replace Dr. Andrew Buzzelli who resigned to become the founding dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry. The transition will occur in June.

“The Rosenberg School of Optometry is a jewel at UIW and I expect that it will continue to grow in excellence under Dr. Wingert’s leadership,” said Light.

Wingert is a tenured professor and currently serves as associate dean for Academic Affairs at UIWRSO.  He came to UIWRSO in 2012 after 23 years at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus.

Wingert is a past president of the Missouri Optometric Association and was appointed by the Missouri Governor to the state’s Children’s Vision Commission in 2008, serving as chair in 2010. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, he is a Diplomate in the Section on Public Health and Environmental Vision where he also serves as Past Chair. He is a Founder Member of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.

The National Academies of Practice have identified Wingert as a Distinguished Scholar, where he joins nationally-recognized healthcare practitioners and scholars in developing coordinated quality healthcare. In 2005, the U.S. Department of State named Wingert a J. William Fulbright Scholar, which took him to the University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland, where he taught and consulted with the Polish optometric community.  His role with the Fulbright program is ongoing, as he was name to the Fulbright’s Specialists’ Roster in 2013.  Much of his professional work has centered on access to care issues and providing optometric care to populations who need it.

Wingert is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry.


Contact:  Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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