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FAU Honored for Education and Workforce Development by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (November 16, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University has been named the 2012 Education and Workforce Development honoree by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (GFLCC) at its recent annual Salute to Business Awards ceremony. The event recognizes organizations, institutions and individuals that bring opportunity and economic prosperity to the community through diversity, education, entrepreneurship, hospitality, personal achievement, philanthropy and trade.

“It is such an honor for Florida Atlantic University to be recognized by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for our contributions in education and workforce development,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “We greatly value the relationships we’ve built with the Chamber, fellow members and the Broward community. FAU will continue to strengthen these affiliations through innovative partnerships and focused community engagement.”

FAU received the award for its tremendous growth and development and continued commitment to excellence in education, in addition to an annual regional and statewide economic impact of $6.3 billion.

“Florida Atlantic University is a powerful engine of economic development, providing important access to education that is vital for our business community” said Dan Linblade, CAE, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Other honorees included: Allied Kitchen & Bath for Entrepreneurship, Broward Health for Community Philanthropy, Hispanic Unity for Diversity in Business, Nipro Diagnostics for Globalization and International Trade, the Orange Bowl Committee for Hospitality, and FAU Alumna Lynn Shatas of Florida Power & Light selected for the Salute to Business Hall of Fame.


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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