Dr. Kelly NicholsAccording to UAB Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D., Nichols will assume the role June 25.

“In what was a highly competitive search, we narrowed the list down to several strong candidates from across the country and found Dr. Nichols to be the best fit for UAB,” Lucas said. “The UAB School of Optometry has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and I am confident that this hire will ensure a bright future in which the school builds on its momentum and flourishes under the leadership of Dr. Nichols.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as dean of the UAB School of Optometry,” Nichols said. “I look forward to working together with Provost Lucas and the talented and dedicated faculty to continue the tradition of clinical and research excellence.”

Nichols comes to UAB from the University of Houston, where she served as a professor since 2011. While at UH, Nichols co-founded and served as the executive director for The Ocular Surface Institute, a translational research institute focused on bench-to-bedside research on ocular surface conditions. Prior to joining the faculty at UH, Nichols was a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Optometry from 2000-2011.