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FAU’s New Board of Trustees Appointments

BOCA RATON, Fla. (September 3, 2013) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Daniel Cane and Mary Beth McDonald ‘74 to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees (BOT). This marks the first term on FAU’s Board for both appointments.

The BOT, a 13-member group, are responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the University’s mission, the implementation and maintenance of high-quality education programs, the measurement of performance, the reporting of information and the provision of input regarding state policy, budgeting and education standards.

“I am looking forward to working with Trustees Cane and McDonald,” said FAU Interim President Dennis Crudele. “Both have strong connections to FAU and each will bring a vast amount of experience to the board.  Both of their locations are ideal for FAU as well, with Cane working in FAU’s Research Park and McDonald coming from the north.”

Cane, of Boca Raton, is president and chief executive officer of South Florida-based Modernizing Medicine, Inc., a healthcare IT company that is revolutionizing the way in which medical information is created, consumed and utilized to increase efficiency, lower costs and improve outcomes.  Cane has received numerous accolades, including being named a Palm Beach County Ultimate CEO by the South Florida Business Journal, and as an exceptional leader and innovator with a “40 Under 40” award.  He succeeds former FAU BOT member Angela Graham-West.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees,” said Cane. “As an FAU Foundation Board member I have learned about the University’s strengths, opportunities and challenges, and I look forward to working with the current members of the Board of Trustees to improve FAU’s academic and athletic programs.”

McDonald, of Vero Beach, is an alumnus of FAU and was recently named into the FAU Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame.  McDonald was mayor of Vero Beach from 2004-06. Her career also includes serving as the communication’s director for the City of Vero Beach, a freelance writer for Florida Parenting News, speech and drama instructor, and commercial producer. McDonald opened One Source Media and Marketing, her own advertising agency, in 2010, and has received numerous awards including the Award of Distinction and Golden Image Award from the Florida Public Relations Association, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors Program Award, and the Silver Circle Award from the Florida Government Communicator’s Association. She succeeds former FAU BOT member Sherry Plymale.

“My degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University has been an invaluable asset to me both personally and professionally,” said McDonald. “During my years at FAU, I had dedicated professors who were exceptional people and mentors.  I will always be grateful for their guidance.  Being a trustee of FAU affords me the opportunity to give back in small measure.  I will work very hard and strive to be a trustee who will be in touch with the faculty and administration, and most importantly, with the students of FAU.”


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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