Dr. Melvin D. Shipp, dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry

Dr. Melvin D. Shipp, dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, will discuss “Improving the Public’s Health Through Better Inter-professional Communication” as part of the Executive Leadership Consortium’s annual Executive Leadership Consortium at UMSL.

The Executive Leadership Consortium at the University of Missouri–St. Louis presents their annual Great Lecture Series on Oct. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., in the Millennium Student Center at UMSL. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Melvin D. Shipp, dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Shipp’s talk is titled “Improving the Public’s Health Through Better Inter-professional Communication.” The purpose of the program is to invite a leader of notable achievement to speak on a timely topic.

Shipp has advised and served several federal institutions, notably, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. He was a member of the NEI Planning Committee for the National Eye Health Education Project, a nationwide program with the goal of preventing blindness through public and professional education.

In 2006, he co-chaired the development of a CDC-sponsored vision health initiative titled “Improving the Nation’s Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach.” Shipp is currently a member of Prevent Blindness America’s National Board of Directors.

The UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium, a campuswide leadership program, coordinates the speaker series. ELC prepares students and a cross-section of career professionals to become effective leaders to meet current and future demands in response to regional needs and beyond.

Karen Carroll, executive fellow at the Consortium and president of kcienterprise, will moderate the program. A reception will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsors of the Great Lecture Series are the UMSL College of Optometry, UMSL Alumni Association, and UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium. For more information on the Great Lecture Series, visit pcs.umsl.edu/elc or call 314-516-6240.

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis provides courses, programs, conferences, and events that fulfill degree completion, professional development and personal enrichment goals for the lifelong learner. For more information, visit pcs.umsl.edu.

Leslie Patterson

Leslie Patterson