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FAU Names New Dean of Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

            BOCA RATON, FL (June 6, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University Provost John Pritchett named Dr. Manju Pendakur as the university’s new dean for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   Responsible for overseeing one of FAU’s largest colleges that houses nearly 200 faculty members, 54 degree programs and nearly 4,000 students, Pendakur brings institutional knowledge, experience and expertise to the position.

            “I am thrilled to become part of an exciting College of Arts and Letters and a dynamic University. It is a privilege and high honor to be associated with such good faculty colleagues who are producing outstanding students and highly regarded research/creative activity," said Pendakur.  "My wife and I are thankful for this opportunity to join the FAU family.”

            Pendakur will join 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.

            In a search that took approximately nine months, 55 candidates applied for the position from around the nation.   Of these applicants, 10 were chosen for telephone interviews.   Three finalists from this pool were selected to interview with a cross section of the university, including College of Arts and Letters faculty.

            “During the recruitment process, the university’s search committee did an excellent job in researching and interviewing all the candidates,” said Pritchett.   “The committee’s unanimous vote for Dr. Pendakur leads me to believe that we have the right person for the position.   We have high expectations for Manju and are sure that he will work hard to realize those expectations.”

            Pendakur will begin his tenure as dean of the College of Arts and Letters in March 2008. 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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