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FAU Names Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., as Dean of the College of Business

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 3, 2013) -- Florida Atlantic University has named Daniel M. Gropper, Ph.D., as the new dean of its College of Business.  Brenda Claiborne, FAU’s provost and chief academic officer, made the announcement today.  Gropper will assume leadership of the college on July 1. 

“Dr. Gropper has the skills and experience to foster excellence in instruction and research in the College, and to build long-lasting partnerships with the community," said Claiborne. “I am very pleased that he will be joining us at FAU.”

As dean of the College of Business, Gropper will be responsible for managing the academic, administrative, and budgetary policies of the College.  He will work with the College’s faculty to deliver high-quality programs for more than 6,500 graduate and undergraduate students, as well as to advance knowledge in the business disciplines.  Gropper also will continue to develop and strengthen the College’s relationship with the business community in South Florida and to enhance the reputation of the College at the state, national, and international level.

“Our state universities, and particularly their Colleges of Business, are keys to helping build opportunities for our students and the business community.  I have been impressed with the faculty, staff and administrative leadership at FAU and am honored to be asked to serve as part of the administrative leadership team,” said Gropper.  “I look forward to working with everyone to continue to build upon the record of success at FAU.”

Gropper is currently an associate dean in the College of Business and the David and Meredith Luck Professor within the Department of Finance at Auburn University. His 17 years of administrative experience at Auburn includes leading the M.B.A., executive M.B.A., graduate, and international programs.  He received the College of Business Leadership Award in 2005 and completed the SEC Academic Consortium Leadership Development Program in 2011-12.  Prior to the start of his career at Auburn in 1988, Gropper was a consultant at Economic Research Services in Tallahassee and has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations while at Auburn.  The author of more than 30 publications, Gropper holds a Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University.

The College of Business at FAU is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and was named one of the 2011 “Best Business Schools” by Princeton Review.  The college offers nine undergraduate majors, 14 graduate degrees, and five doctoral concentrations, with departments of accounting, economics, finance, information technology and operations management, management and marketing.  Its flexible M.B.A. program was named among 25 top online business programs by  U.S. News and World Report. 


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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