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New FAU Board Leadership Elected

            BOCA RATON, FL (February 17, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously named Nancy Blosser as the new chair and Scott Adams as the new vice chair of the University’s governing board.

            “Both Trustees Blosser and Adams have shown such a passionate commitment to higher education, providing a vision and strong accountability for FAU,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan.   “I look forward to working with them as we move FAU closer to its goal of being recognized as a national leader in teaching and research.”

            Florida Atlantic University’s BOT governs and sets policies for the University in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida and the policies of the Board of Governors.   The trustees are responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the university's mission, the implementation and maintenance of high-quality education programs, the measurement of performance, the reporting of information and the provision of input regarding state policy, budgeting and education standards.

            Chairwoman Blosser, of Fort Lauderdale, graduated from the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing in New Jersey and received a master’s in business administration from the University of Miami.   An FAU Trustee since the BOT was created in 2003, she has served as chair of its audit & finance committee, led the effort to develop, design and implement the university new strategic plan, and most recently served as the vice chair of the Board.   Blosser is active in many charitable and community organizations.

            “These times are both challenging and exciting for FAU.   The university is emerging as a major player in the research arena at the same time that it is struggling to cope within the worst economic crisis in our state’s modern history,” said Blosser.   “Now more than ever, it is vital that every move we make is guided by our strategic plan so that FAU emerges from this crisis not just leaner but stronger.”

            Vice Chairman Adams, of Boca Raton, graduated from FAU’s College of Business with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration.   He is currently involved in many entrepreneurial ventures along with balancing time with his family.   At FAU, Adams launched the Adams’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.   He is a contributor and supporter of numerous local charities, including the Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation, American Heart Association and Junior Achievement.   He also donates to and is on the board of directors of the George Snow Scholarship Fund, which provides four-year scholarships to Palm Beach County students, and continues to donate time and resources as a mentor and big brother to aspiring entrepreneurs and youth in need of guidance.  

            “Like everyone in Florida, FAU is facing unprecedented financial challenges,” said Adams.   “Shrinking state revenues demand innovative thinking, and our board is dedicating itself to working with the administration to find new ways to take FAU into the future.”        

            FAU’s BOT is a thirteen member board comprised of six members who are appointed by the governor, five who are appointed by the Board of Governors, in addition to the student body president and the president of the University Faculty Senate.   The gubernatorial and Board of Governors appointees must be confirmed by the Florida Senate.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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