Dr. Melissa Trego is a clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator who earned an OD as well as a PhD in cellular and molecular biology. As the Dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and past president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), she discusses some of the opportunities and challenges the world of academic optometry faces today. Dean Trego’s passion for optometric education is palpable and her main goal is to ensure her faculty and students have everything they need to succeed. She is truly inspired by the expansive breadth and depth of optometry and dedicated to bringing more students into the profession. Finally, she and Dr. Joseph Allen touch on the future of AI and technology in optometry.