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FAU Honors 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee and Distinguished Alumni of the Colleges
BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 28, 2014) – The Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association (FAUAA) recently hosted a reception to honor distinguished FAU alumni. More than 200 guests attended the event, which brought together alumni to celebrate the accomplishments of their most outstanding peers. Alumni from eight of FAU’s colleges were honored for their career accomplishments, and Thomas Workman Jr., B.S. ’71, was introduced as the 2014 inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Since 1985, the Hall of Fame has served as a platform for recognizing alumni excellence.
Workman is president of Thomas Workman & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, chartered in Boca Raton. He also is the vice chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees. Since 1973, Workman has been either the president or managing partner of his own accounting firms. An active leader in the community, Workman’s involvement spans across the categories of educational, civic, philanthropic and public service organizations. His leadership includes serving as past president of the Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council; past president of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton; past chairman of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; past president of The American Heart Association of Boca Raton; board member for the American Heart Association, Florida/Puerto Rico Affiliate; and past treasurer of the FAU Foundation. Workman is a lifetime member of the FAU Alumni Association and served as chair of the Board of Directors.
“They built Florida Atlantic University so I could get my degree. I am not sure if FAU had not been established, if I would have continued on to get my degree and CPA,” said Workman. “I am very proud of the University. It’s a great school to spend time learning and growing, indicated by the many students who are the first to graduate in their families while working their way through.”
Representing eight of FAU’s colleges are the following distinguished alumni:
Clarence Bennett III, B.A. ’09, College for Design and Social Inquiry – Bennett is a detective and member of the Honor Guard for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. A highly decorated detective, he has earned a commendation award, a life saving award, a meritorious service award and the highest award achievable at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the Medal of Honor. Along with 10 years of criminal justice experience from two separate disciplines, Bennett has more than 500 hours of advanced training from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
Jeff Crudele, B.B.A. ’83, College of Business – Crudele is strategic advisor to Jackson Health Systems, one of the largest publicly operated health systems in the U.S. There he developed a comprehensive strategic plan and contributed to one of the largest public hospital turnarounds in U.S. history. His career spans 20 years and includes experience as a chief financial officer, chief executive officer and operations executive.
Ruth Doran, Ed.D. ’09, College of Education – Doran is the chief academic operations officer at Palm Beach County Head Start and Early Head Start. In this role, she oversees professional development, curriculum rollout and assessment strategies for the staff and 2,400 children enrolled in 33 early childhood grantee and contracted centers as well as the 15 Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms within the school district.
Adam Iglesias, Ph.D., B.A. ’03, M.A. ’05, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College – Iglesias is a psychologist in private practice in Palm Beach Gardens where he provides evaluation and treatment to English and Spanish-speaking patients. He also serves as a psychologist at FAU’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center and the Multicultural Community Mental Health Center; and as an adjunct instructor at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
John J. Jeka, Ph.D. ’92, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science – Jeka is professor and chair of the department of kinesiology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. His career includes a year spent as a scholar at the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome, Italy, and at the National Center for Scientific Research in Marseille, France. Jeka’s research has been sponsored by countless grants and his work has been featured in more than 70 publications.
Marie McLeod-Been, R.N., J.D., B.S.N. ’89, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing – McLeod-Been was one of the first graduates of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in 1989. She is regional director of network contracting and management for Florida Blue, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan of Florida. She provides strategic and tactical leadership in the management of the South Florida healthcare delivery system, from Indian River County to the Florida Keys.
Rory O’Connor, B.A. ’95, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters – O’Connor is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments in St. Petersburg, Fla. His 30-year career includes work as vice president of JP Morgan and a U.S. Navy SEAL. O’Connor is an active philanthropist, volunteering his time for a variety of organizations. Currently, he is ambassador and race director of the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Feridun Ozdil, Ph.D., M.S.E. ’91, College of Engineering and Computer Science – Ozdil is executive vice president of research and development, and head of global medical device development at Bayer Healthcare, LLC in Milpitas, Calif. In his five years with Bayer Healthcare, he has built a world-class, multi-site research and development organization and developed the overall product portfolio of the firm. He holds 23 years of experience in research, design, development and commercialization of diverse medical products and procedures.
-FAU-About Florida Atlantic University:
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 www.fau.edu.