The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is a great place to do research and to study and learn optics and photonics. This talk gives a short history of the Optical Sciences Center, now the College of Optical Sciences, describing some of the decisions and actions that have shaped the college. The current status of the college and future plans of the college will be presented. This presentation was given by Dr. Jim Wyant, Dean of the University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences on October 29, 2009. Dean Wyant received a B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University and M.S. and Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester. Wyant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and the Optical Society of India. He was the 1986 president of SPIE and he is currently president-elect of OSA. Wyant has received several awards including the SPIE Gold Medal, the SPIE Technology Achievement Award, the OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award, and the Optical Society of India Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 he received a Doctorado Honoris Causa from the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica in Puebla, Mexico. He was a founder of the WYKO Corporation and served as its president and board chairman from 1984 to 1997 and he was a founder of the 4D Technology Corporation and currently serves as its board chairman.