Charles L. Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Charles L. Brown came to Florida Atlantic University in 2006 from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he was Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. At FAU, he oversees all aspects of student life, promoting a campus culture that embraces academic excellence, social and personal development, and civic responsibility. He heads the Division of Student Affairs, which provides a wide array of services to FAU's 30,000 students. Dr. Brown has also been Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life at Wayne State University and Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Alabama. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and education from Blackburn College and both a master's degree in education administration and a Ph.D. in education from Illinois State University.
Director of Athletics
Mr. Patrick Chun became Florida Atlantic University's Director of Athletics in August of 2012 after a stellar 15-year career at The Ohio State University, a longtime powerhouse in college athletics. At FAU, he is overseeing the ongoing development of 19 NCAA Division I teams, plus cheer and dance, utilizing his expertise in development, endowment building, strategic planning, management and leadership. Shortly after his arrival, it was announced that the FAU Owls will begin competing in Conference USA in the fall of 2013. Mr. Chun has a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University. He serves on the executive committee of the National Association for Athletics Development Directors and he was in the 2011 inaugural class of the NCAA Division IA Athletics Directors Association Fellowship Program.
Interim Vice President for Community Engagement
Interim Executive Director of the FAU Foundation, Inc.
Joanne Davis joined FAU in 2012 as Assistant Vice President for Development and Outreach and currently serves as Interim Vice President for Community Engagement. Davis has 18 years of experience managing non-profit organizations, including six years as Executive Director for the South Florida Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She also has worked as Director of Annual Giving for Kids in Distress, and President and CEO of Gilda’s Club South Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, is a Certified Fund raising Executive (CFRE) and was named Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year in Broward County in 2005 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Thomas Donaudy, AIA, NCARB
Vice President for Facilities and
As Vice President for Facilities and University Architect, Mr. Thomas Donaudy is responsible for all aspects of facilities design, construction and maintenance on the campuses of Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Donaudy has 27 years of experience in planning and overseeing the development of university facilities. Prior to arriving at FAU in 1997, he was an architect for the State University System of Florida, and he also was a member of several architectural firms based in Tallahassee. A Certified Building Code Official (State of Florida), Mr. Donaudy has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Florida A&M University and a bachelor's degree in design from the University of Florida.
Gitanjali Kaul, Ed.D.
Vice President for Strategic Planning and
Dr. Gitanjali Kaul came to Florida Atlantic University in 2010 after serving as Vice Provost for Planning, Assessment and Information Management at Cleveland State University and Associate Provost for Academic Assessment and Institutional Research at Ohio University. At FAU her wide-ranging responsibilities include ongoing development of the University's strategic plan and oversight of accreditation initiatives. Dr. Kaul has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India, a master's degree in psychology from Utkal University in Orissa, India, and both a master's degree in sociology and a doctorate in educational psychology from Northern Illinois University.
David Kian, J.D.
As chief legal officer, Mr. David Kian is responsible for supervising and managing all legal matters affecting Florida Atlantic University. Primary responsibilities include serving as legal counsel to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees; providing legal and policy analysis and advice to the University President and all senior administrators; directing all litigation and administrative proceedings involving the University at the hearing, trial and appellate levels; supervising and coordinating representation with outside counsel; assisting in the development of University compliance plans for federal and state regulations; and developing and presenting training sessions, panels, and guest lectures on an array of legal topics affecting the University. Mr. Kian has served as FAU's General Counsel since 2004. Previously he was Associate General Counsel and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Florida, an associate with the law firm of Hill, Ward & Henderson, P.A., and a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Steven D. Merryday. Mr. Kian received his B.A. and J.D. degrees with honors from the University of Florida, where he was a National Merit Scholar, a National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar, a Wentworth Scholar, a Judge James B. Whitfield Constitutional Law Scholar, and a National Finalist in the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Gary W. Perry, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., serves as Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer. In this position, Dr. Perry leads the Division of Academic Affairs, directing the development and delivery of all academic programs at FAU while overseeing the division’s budget and personnel. The Division of Academic Affairs comprises FAU’s 10 colleges that deliver more than 180 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Related areas, such as the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the University Registrar, the University Libraries, the Office of Information Technology, Enrollment Management, and the Lifelong Learning Society, also come under the division’s umbrella. Previously, Dr. Perry served for seven years as Dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science from 2006 to 2013, and he has spent spent nearly a quarter century on the University’s faculty. Prior to assuming the role of Dean, he had served as Interim Dean for Graduate Studies. Dr. Perry joined FAU in 1989 as an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and has held several other leadership positions at the University during the past 23 years, including the roles of Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Acting Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Acting Associate Dean and Chair for the Biomedical Science Program. Dr. Perry is a graduate of the University of London and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He previously held research faculty appointments at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine before joining FAU.
Barry Rosson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and
Dean of the Graduate College
Dr. Barry Rosson holds the closely related positions of Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at Florida Atlantic University. As Vice President for Research, Dr. Rosson leads the Division of Research, which supports and promotes the sponsored research activities of the University. In this position, he is also responsible for overseeing research compliance activities and translating research discoveries into new products and business opportunities. As Dean of the Graduate College, he is responsible for implementing graduate policies and developing programs that enhance graduate education. Dr. Rosson came to FAU in 2007 from the University of Nebraska, where he was a Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Auburn University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dorothy K. Russell
Interim Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs
Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Budget Director Dorothy Russell currently serves as Interim Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs. Russell has more than 30 years of senior and executive officer university leadership experience in the areas of business and financial operations, resource planning, analysis, budgeting and risk assessment. She also has extensive experience in sponsored research administration, general accounting, institutional analysis, facilities, campus security and budget administration. Before joining FAU, Russell was Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the University of Michigan-Flint and Assistant Director for Finance and Administration at the Institute for Social Research, a comprehensive research enterprise at the University of Michigan. She possesses an A.B. from the University of Michigan and has done graduate work in the M.P.A/ program at the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan.
Stacy A. Volnick, M.Ed.
Vice President for Executive Operations and Chief of Staff
Stacy A. Volnick is a longtime member of the Florida Atlantic University community, having enrolled as an undergraduate in 1985. After receiving her bachelor's degree in communication, she became a member of the University's administrative staff, advancing steadily through the ranks. In 2013 she was named Vice President for Executive Operations and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. In this capacity, Ms. Volnick advises the President on organizational and policy decisions, and she develops, coordinates and implements a wide variety of presidential initiatives. She serves as the President's representative to constituencies both inside and outside the University, acts as liaison to the Board of Trustees and oversees the Eleanor R. Baldwin House (the President's on-campus residence), the University Ombudsman, University Business Operations, and the Office of University Communications. Now a double graduate of FAU, Ms. Volnick has added a master's degree in educational leadership to her academic credentials.