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FAU Foundation Board Appoints Three New Members

BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 14, 2014) – The Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board recently welcomed three new Limited Purpose Board (LPB) members: Michael J. Crowley ’79, ’80; Steve Oyer and Jay Shein. All three will serve on the investment committee. The FAU Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated group of alumni and friends of the University who volunteer their time and expertise to spearhead fundraising efforts and manage the Foundation’s assets.

“I am pleased to welcome these outstanding community members to the FAU Foundation Board,” said Joanne Davis, interim vice president for community engagement and executive director of the FAU Foundation. “Each of these men brings unique experiences and expertise to the board, which will greatly benefit the FAU community.”

Crowley is a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at U.S. Trust. He brings more than 28 years of investment experience to the board. His background includes work with First National Bank in Palm Beach, Wells Fargo and Merrill Lynch. Crowley earned an M.B.A. in finance from FAU in 1980 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is also past president of the Financial Analyst Society of South Florida.

Oyer is a senior member of the Private Funds Group of Brookfield Asset Management, a $180 billion global alternative asset manager. His vast leadership experience includes serving as interim CEO of Saflink Corporation and managing director of Global Business Development for Standard and Poor’s, where he led initiatives that fostered expansion and growth within the organization. Oyer was a founding member of and currently serves on the steering committees for the family office counsels at New York University, Yale University, Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University.

Shein is chief executive officer and chief investment officer and strategist for Compass Financial Group, Inc. in Deerfield Beach. He is the author of Investment Planning Answer Book and past co-editor-in-chief and current editorial advisory board member of The Journal of Investment Consulting. Shein is the 2013-14 chairman of the certification commission for the Investment Management Consultants Association®and chairperson of the John Knox Village Foundation finance committee. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) and a Certified Investment Strategist (CIS).

“These individuals will make an excellent addition to the investment committee. I look forward to working with them toward the goal of making FAU one of the most admired universities in America,” said Foundation Board Chair Bruce Allen ’71.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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