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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU Announces its Head of Development

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (September 24, 2008) – Jack Aylor has been made head of development and fundraising operations for the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  In addition, Aylor will continue to serve in his current role as director of development and foundation relations for FAU’s Treasure Coast campus.  Aylor joined FAU’s Division of University Advancement in 2007.

The union between FAU and HBOI, officially approved last December, has resulted in exciting research opportunities for the two institutions.  Recently, FAU’s Board of Trustees named the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Foundation, Inc. (HBOIF) as a direct support organization of FAU.  This designation allows the FAU Foundation, Inc. (FAUF) to establish and administer funds on behalf of HBOI. The HBOIF manages various assets on behalf of Harbor Branch, including the popular specialty license plate program that benefits HBOI research programs for  “Protect Wild Dolphins,” “Protect Florida Whales,”  “Save Our Seas” and “Aquaculture.”

Aylor will spearhead HBOI’s efforts in raising funds for annual giving, major gifts, endowments and planned giving initiatives.  The HBOI Associates annual membership program will be organized through the new development office along with other fundraising efforts. 

“Harbor Branch has a great research mission and tremendous potential for garnering private gifts and endowments.  The merger with FAU further enhances the overall capabilities to build future academic programs and fund capital projects,” said Aylor.  “I look forward to serving as the link between these two well-respected institutions.”  

Prior to joining FAU, Aylor developed and managed successful fundraising, foundation and community relations programs at Frostburg State University, MD, Randolph-Macon Academy, VA, and Dickinson State University, ND.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves 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 10 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.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU is one of the world's leading oceanographic research organizations dedicated to exploring the earth's oceans, estuaries and coastal regions for the benefit of mankind.  Focus areas at Harbor Branch include aquaculture, biomedical marine research, engineering research and development, marine operations, marine science, and marine mammal research and conservation.  Situated on 530 acres located along the Indian River lagoon near Fort Pierce, Florida, Harbor Branch houses some of the world's leading ocean science laboratories.  To carry out its work, Harbor Branch operates an ocean going research vessel and submersibles capable of diving to, and working at, depths of 3,000 ft.

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