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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo
561-297-1168,
kgobbo@fau.edu

FAU’s Board of Trustees to Review President-Elect MJ Saunders’ Employment Agreement
Saunders to donate $50,000 for undergraduate scholarships

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 10, 2010) – The Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees’ Personnel and Compensation Committee will review the proposed employment agreement for President-Elect Mary Jane Saunders on Tuesday, May 11.  The employment agreement may be found at http://www.fau.edu/bot/05112010_Personnel_and_Compensation_Cmtte.php .

            Highlights of the employment contract include the following:  a five-year agreement commencing on June 7, 2010; appointment as a professor within FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science with tenure; annual salary of $345,000 with standard employment benefits, making her the sixth highest paid president in Florida’s 11-member State University System; a deferred retirement benefit equal to 15 percent; and an annual performance bonus of no more than $50,000 upon accomplishment of specific bonus goals to be set by the board chair annually. 

            Recognizing the importance of scholarship support to students at FAU, a fund was created to match new and increased gifts to the university designated for annual scholarship support.  Saunders has committed $50,000 to launch this initiative.   Undergraduate scholarships have become even more critical for students with the decline in the economy.  This type of scholarship often plays a key role in whether or not students can attend the university.

            “I am absolutely committed to FAU and its students, and I want to assist in any way possible to help them succeed,” said Saunders.  “I encourage others to join in helping students attend FAU and attain their scholarly goals.”

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