Dr. Clifford Scott was named the College’s 12th president in December of 2009. Prior to his appointment as president, Dr. Scott was the Dean of Academic Affairs and also held the position of Chair of the Department of Community Health at the College for eight years. He has been a faculty member at the College since 1970 and has been a Professor since 1990. Dr. Scott served as President from 2009 to 2018.
Dr. Scott has extensive experience in teaching contact lenses as well as 38 years of clinical experience in hospital-based optometry. As the chief optometrist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Roxbury, his responsibilities included both the supervision of all residents and students in the optometry section of the hospital as well as the provision of direct eye care to patients. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to eye disease and is an experienced clinical researcher.
Dr. Scott earned a doctor of optometry degree from the Massachusetts College of Optometry, now the New England College of Optometry, in 1968. He earned a master of public health degree in health care policy and management from Harvard University in 1984. He was the 2001 recipient of the Dupuis-Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence and was named a diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry in 1993. Dr. Scott maintains a professional affiliation with the American Optometric Association. He is a member of the board of directors of the Boston Foundation for Sight, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, and OneSight. Dr. Scott is also on the board of advisers for the Asian American Civic Association.