FAU Names Marlon Dechausay as Director of Student-Athlete Academic Center
BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 21, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University has named Marlon Dechausay as its new director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and associate athletics director. FAU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Brenda Claiborne and Pat Chun, director of athletics, made the announcement today. The Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence oversees the academic matriculation of nearly 500 FAU student athletes, including 19 intercollegiate teams, as well as cheer and dance.
“Marlon will bring great leadership to our academic area and will have an immediate impact on our student-athletes,” said Chun. “He is a great addition to Florida Atlantic University, and we are excited to have him join our team.”
As director of the Center, Dechausay will administer all aspects of academic support and student life programs for FAU student-athletes, including NCAA compliance requirements. He also will oversee life skills development workshops, tutorial and study hall programs for student-athletes, and will serve as the primary liaison among the athletic department, academic affairs and student affairs.
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring creativity, passion and my total student-athlete philosophy to a university with a respected academic and athletics tradition,” said Dechausay.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Dechausay has more than a decade of experience in the field. He is currently the director of athletic academic services at Indiana State University and has served in athletic departments at Texas Tech University, Iowa State University, Syracuse University and Florida State University, where he was the athletic academic coordinator from 2006-10. While at FSU, he worked to create a leadership program for male student-athletes called R.E.A.L. Men (Reliable Educated Articulate Leaders).
Dechausay is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics and is a past recipient of the Lan Hewitt Leadership Award, given to outstanding athletic advisors. He is also a member of the Black Coaches Association. He holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he earned Sun Belt Conference track titles in the 400-meter. He also was a member of the Canadian national track team from 1992-99 and is Japan’s 400-meter record holder for runners under 19.
Florida Atlantic University Athletics:
FAU Athletics is comprised of 19 intercollegiate teams involving 450 student athletes that compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. The Owls are a NCAA Division I-A (FBS) institution and compete in the Sun Belt Conference in all but men’s soccer, which participates in the Mid America Conference. The Owls have been playing football since 2001 and have captured two bowl games. Cheer and dance are also part of the athletic department family and represent the University annually in competition and within the community.
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.