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October 2, 2012

Kathryn Richdale Appointed To Dr. Alden N. Haffner Innovation Chair

Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, has been appointed to the Dr. Alden N. Haffner Innovation Chair at the State University of New York College of Optometry.  The Haffner Chair is a partially endowed position named for Dr. Alden N. Haffner, the founding President of the College.  The Chair has been generously endowed by Richard Feinbloom, President of the Optometric Center of New York, the College’s foundation; along with generous donors as part of a challenge grant.  This is the College’s first endowed chair.

The “Innovation Chair” provides supplemental support to attract talented and promising young faculty to the College in tenure-track positions.  The Chair is held for a maximum of five years or until tenure is earned, whichever occurs first.

“Endowed chairs are established to recognize and retain outstanding faculty who have distinguished themselves through their research and scholarly activity.  We are delighted that Dr. Richdale is appointed to the first Dr. Alden N. Haffner Innovation Chair”, said Dr. David A. Heath, College President.

Dr. Richdale is an Assistant Professor and the Interim Director of SUNY Optometry’s Clinical Vision Research Center.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, and OD and PhD from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Richdale completed an Advance Practice Fellowship in Cornea and Contact Lenses at The Ohio State University.

She joined SUNY Optometry in 2011.  Dr. Richdale’s primary research interests are presbyopia and contact lenses.  She is the Principal Investigator for a NIH/NEI K23 grant for the project: In Vivo Evaluation of Presbyopia.

“I am honored to receive this award and would like to thank the OCNY Board and Mr. Feinbloom for their support.  As a young faculty member, this award is invaluable, as it ensures dedicated time to continue my interests in clinical research.  As the first Innovation Chair, I will work hard to represent SUNY Optometry’s goals for excellence in service, teaching and research,” said Dr. Richdale.