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Broward Community Leaders Welcome FAU President

            FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (November 12, 2010) –  FAU’s sixth president, Dr. Mary Jane Saunders, met and addressed Broward business and community leaders recently at a reception hosted by the Law Offices of Becker & Poliakoff during FAU’s Inauguration week.  Prior to the reception, Saunders met for the first time with the members of the Broward President’s Community Council (BPCC), FAU’s local community advisory group.

            “We were delighted to welcome President Saunders to Broward and introduce her to key community leaders,” said BPCC Chair Ginny Miller. “We look forward to renewing our commitment to the university under the leadership of our new president.”

            Commissioner Albert C. Jones read a proclamation naming the date “Dr. Mary Jane Saunders Appreciation Day” on behalf of Broward County. Additional proclamations were presented to Saunders by the three Broward cities that host FAU campuses, Dania Beach, Davie and Fort Lauderdale, as well as the School Board of Broward County. Letters of welcome and support were presented by the Broward Workshop and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. 

The reception is one of several inaugural events held in conjunction with FAU’s homecoming week, culminating in a formal installation ceremony. Additional Broward events included Spirit Days for FAU faculty, staff and students at the Davie, Dania Beach and Fort Lauderdale campuses, as well as the Homecoming game at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Saunders was named FAU’s sixth president by unanimous vote of the FAU Board of Trustees on March 3, 2010. She began her term of service on June 7. Prior to her arrival at FAU,  Saunders was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State University, where she also was founding dean of the College of Science, director of the Biomedical and Health Institute, and a professor in the department of biological, geological and environmental sciences.

Saunders’ professional background also includes academic appointments at the National Science Foundation, the University of South Florida, Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia. She is an award-winning cell biology researcher, educator and academic leader who is known nationally for her commitment to public higher education.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Saunders holds a B.S. in biology from Boston University and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

For more information, contact Maggie Gunther at or 954-762-5275.

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