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New FAU Board Leadership Elected

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 22, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously named Anthony Barbar ‘78 as the new chair and Tom Workman ‘71 as the new vice chair of the University’s governing board.

“Both Trustees Barbar and Workman have been wonderful, dedicated leaders within the Board of Trustees. As alumni of this University, they fully understand the important role that FAU plays in all students’ lives,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “I look forward to working with them as we continue to grow FAU and its excellent academic programs.”

FAU’s BOT governs and sets policies for the University in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida and the policies of the Board of Governors. The trustees 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.

Chair Barbar, of Boca Raton, graduated from FAU with a bachelor’s degree in international business. An FAU Trustee since 2008, Barbar served as chair of the Board’s audit and finance committee. He also served as past president of the FAU National Alumni Association, and is active in many charitable and community organizations, including the National Association of Realtors, CoreNet Global, Sheridan House Family Ministries, the Council of 100, and Boca Raton Community Church.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected to lead the FAU Board of Trustees,” said Barbar. “This is an exciting time and I look forward to working with President Saunders and her administration to keep FAU moving higher."

Vice Chairman Workman, of Boca Raton, graduated from FAU with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from FAU’s College of Business. Workman has served in leadership capacities with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and on the boards of several banks and various nonprofit organizations. He also has served as president of the FAU National Alumni Association, as treasurer, finance committee chair and executive committee member of the FAU Foundation, and as chair of the Board of Trustee’s strategic planning committee.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as vice chair with Anthony Barbar and the rest of the Trustees,” said Workman. “We have a great administration at FAU led by Dr. Saunders, and under her leadership I look forward to continuing the growth and excellence at FAU.”

FAU’s BOT is a 13-member board comprised of six members who are appointed by the governor, five who are appointed by the Board of Governors, in addition to the student body president and the president of the University Faculty Senate. The gubernatorial and Board of Governors appointees must be confirmed by the Florida Senate.


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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