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FAU’s New Board of Trustees Appointments

Bob Stilley Elected Chair and Anthony Barbar Elected Vice-Chair

BOCA RATON, FL (February 7, 2011) – The Florida Board of Governors have appointed Robert “Bob” Stilley and Paul C. Tanner to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees (BOT).  This appointment marks Stilley’s second term on the Board.  Tanner, an alumnus and previous chair of the Board for Broward College, will be serving his first term on FAU’s Board.

On January 26, FAU’s BOT held elections for a new chair and vice chair of the Board.  Stilley, who previously held the position of vice-chair and chaired the audit and finance committee, was elected chair of the BOT.  Anthony Barbar, who is the president and CEO of Barbar & Associates, LLC and an FAU alumnus, was elected vice-chair of the BOT.

The BOT, a 13-member group, 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.

“Trustees Stilley, Barbar and Tanner all have distinguished credentials, as well as insight into the world of higher education,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “We truly appreciate their service to Florida Atlantic University and look forward to their valuable contributions.”

Stilley has served as president and chief executive officer of HeartCare Imaging, Inc. since 1998, bringing more than 20 years experience in the diagnostic imaging and cardiology industries to HCI.  In prior tenure, Stilley was an original partner in Summit World Trade and served in vital roles, including vice president and president of various Summit companies.  He was with Summit from 1986 to 1998, and was instrumental in Summit’s successful joint ventures with Hitachi Medical Systems of Japan and SMV of Buc, France.  These joint venture companies revolutionized the diagnostic imaging marketplace through the introduction of products like the ‘Open’ MRI. 

Stilley is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and a founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Technology.  Stilley is a past president of the Martin County Council of 100 and is the Republican State Committeeman for Martin County.  He has also been active in volunteer work as a coach for local youth sports teams and is a member of the St. Jude’s Catholic Church Finance Committee.  Stilley received his degree in business administration from the University of Florida. 

“It has been a privilege to serve on FAU’s Board of Trustees, and I’m very pleased to be entrusted with this role for another term,” said Stilley.  “FAU is embarking on it next chapter, and I’m thrilled to be here in this capacity as chair of the board during this important time.”

Tanner is senior vice president for investments for UBS Financial Services, Inc.  He specializes in wealth management for high net-worth families and family offices, and capital market transactions for corporations.

In July 2003, Tanner was appointed by then-Governor Jeb Bush to the Board of Trustees for Broward College and recently completed this term.  He participates in several charitable and civic organizations in Broward County, including being a member of the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Community Foundation of Broward County.  Tanner is also active in the little league program in the City of Fort Lauderdale. 

Tanner graduated from Florida Atlantic University.  He is married to Jodi Paris-Jeffreys and has three sons, Stephen, Garrett and Jerrod.

“It is an honor to be selected as a member of FAU’s Board of Trustees,” said Tanner.  I look forward to fulfilling this new role and thank the Florida Board of Governors for allowing me to do so.  My main focus will be to assist the university in continuing the advancement of FAU, my alma mater.”

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