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FAU Hosts Reception to Welcome Manju Pendakur as New Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

BOCA RATON (May 7, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University recently hosted a reception to welcome Dr. Manju Pendakur as the university’s new dean for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   FAU President Frank T. Brogan introduced Dean Pendakur and noted that he will be responsible for overseeing one of FAU’s largest colleges that houses nearly 200 faculty members, 54 degree programs and nearly 4,000 students.

Pendakur praised the College’s faculty for their outstanding scholarly, artistic and instructional work, and mentioned some of the new initiatives being proposed in the College including an Institute for Peace and Social Justice and the Institute for Human Rights.   He also expressed appreciation for the dedication of the College’s generous donors in furthering these initiatives as well as many other educational goals.  

“I am looking forward to leading the College in new and exciting initiatives,” said Pendakur. “Excellence in the classroom, excellence in research and excellence in creative work go hand in hand with creating new ventures that will bring talented people from across the nation to come and live here to serve Florida and the world.”

Some of the College’s community supporters  in attendance were Richard and Barbara Schmidt; Madelyn Savarick; Hank and Ellie Stern; Howard and Susan Cooper; Frances Edelman; Bill James; Joe and Zilpha Friedman;   Sylvia Rosen, Bob Bailyn, Jackie Becker and Kerry LoBello.   Many of the community organizations that have worked closely with the College sent representatives, including Il Circolo; Hellenic Society Padeia; Friends of Newman; LEAH; the Rotary of Boca Raton Sunrise; the R.A. Ritter Foundation; and the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund.   Also in attendance were FAU Foundation Board members Pete LoBello, Michael Kaufman, Howard Cooper and David Gury, among many others.

             Pendakur joins FAU after serving as dean for the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for nearly six years.   Previous to this position, Pendakur served as the founding dean of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.     He earned his undergraduate degree in radio-TV from the University of Washington, Seattle and a doctoral degree in communications from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada.


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