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Dr. Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D., FCOVD, Becomes 29th President of 'College of Optometrists in Vision Development' (COVD); Unveils 7-Part Development Plan for Ongoing Growth
Date:11/2/2007

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) (http://www.covd.org) today announced Dr. Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D., FCOVD, was installed as its 29th president during an inauguration banquet at the organization's 37th Annual Meeting held on October 20. Dr. Fortenbacher, 53, who has been a member of COVD's Board of Directors for eight years, assumes the new role and responsibilities immediately. He succeeds Dr. Drusilla Grant, O.D., FCOVD, as COVD's top executive as her two-year tenure ended.

As president, Dr. Fortenbacher leads COVD's Board of Directors, all Board and organizational initiatives and meetings, policy development and adherence, and serves as an ex-officio member of all COVD committees and task forces. Additionally, he appoints all committee Chairs and is responsible for COVD's Annual Report to membership.

"When I first met Dr. Fortenbacher early in our careers at a COVD event, I was immediately impressed with how he thinks," said Dr. Leonard Press, COVD past-president. "In the ensuing years, Dan and I have had the pleasure of working on a number of COVD and other optometric initiatives together. As we progress into an era when technology has become a critical link to an organization's future and success, COVD is privileged to have a leader of Dan's caliber, breadth and acumen. I look forward to our continued growth and evolution under his leadership."

During his inauguration, Dr. Fortenbacher presented a seven-part development plan for the ongoing growth of COVD. The key initiatives of the plan are:

1. Expand Associate COVD members 25% by October 2008.

2. Increase the number of COVD Fellows from 397 currently, to 800 by

October 2010.

3. Expand COVD member products and services.

4. Expand existing Continuing Professional Education opportunities for

COVD members including access to a host of le
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