Ferris Magazine: Spring 2013 - page 9

U.S. News and World Report
placed Ferris State University at No. 1 on
its list of “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,” released Jan. 15.
Primary factors considered in the rankings include faculty credentials,
graduation rates, and student services and technologies.
“This is very impressive, indeed, for our university, the College of
Health Professions and the School of Nursing. I was very impressed
by the methodology used by
U.S. News and World Report
for its data
collection,” said Matthew Adeyanju, dean of Ferris’ College of Health
Professions. “I would like to extend congratulations to all of our
faculty and staff, and our online academic advisors, for their efforts
that have brought this outstanding recognition to Ferris.”
Historically, Ferris’ nursing programs have provided career mobility
options for students starting out in the field of nursing, in addition
to helping nurses who seek advanced degrees such as the Bachelor of
Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing.
“The School of Nursing is very proud to have our online MSN
program ranked as No. 1 in this national survey,” said Julie Coon,
director of the School of Nursing. “While we have always recognized
that this program is exceptional in terms of meeting the needs of
today’s working nurse who aspires to complete a MSN degree, it is
certainly wonderful to have this external validation. We are pleased
to be able to showcase this outstanding example of effective online
program delivery.”
The MSN program features three concentrations in specialty
leadership roles: nursing administration, nursing informatics and
nursing education. To learn more about Ferris’ nursing programs, visit
Online Graduate Nursing Program Tops Rankings
Dr. David Damari accepted an appointment as dean of Ferris’
Michigan College of Optometry, effective March 28.
“Dr. Damari has passion for the profession of optometry and a
keen awareness of the changes that will occur in healthcare and
healthcare education over the next few decades,” said Fritz Erickson,
provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We look forward
to the leadership that he will provide for the Michigan College of
Optometry as he continues our tradition of educating some of the
best and brightest students pursuing optometric education.”
Most recently, Damari was chair for the Department of Assessment
and professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.
He also served as chair of the Department of Optometry at SCO.
Since 1995, he has been a consultant on visual disabilities, advising
many national and state testing organizations on candidates who have
requested special testing accommodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act. Prior to his career at Southern College of Optometry,
Damari operated a solo private practice in New York and was an
assistant clinical professor at the State University of New York College
of Optometry.
His present professional service includes president for the College
of Optometrists in Vision Development and co-chair at the Summer
Institute for Faculty Development for the Association of Schools
and Colleges of Optometry. He also serves in numerous roles for the
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. He was awarded
the Southern College of Optometry President’s Special Recognition
Award and the Fredrick W. Brock Memorial Award for Outstanding
Performance in Vision Training. Damari earned a Doctor of
Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry, and he was
a 2002 fellow-in-residence for the National Board of Examiners in
Optometry in Bethesda, Md.
To learn more about the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris
State University, visit
Damari Named New MCO Dean
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