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FAU Board of Trustees Names Dennis Crudele Interim President

BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 27, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees today named Dennis Crudele as Interim President to succeed Mary Jane Saunders, pending confirmation by the Florida Board of Governors. Crudele, a longtime FAU administrator, was named acting president on May 15, when Saunders resigned as FAU’s sixth president.

“I’m pleased to be able to continue the progress we’ve already made in fostering a more responsive and transparent environment here at FAU,” said Crudele. “I pledge to continue making changes where they are needed in order to create a clean slate for the new president to inherit.”

Prior to his role as acting president, Crudele was FAU’s senior vice president for financial affairs, where he oversaw many departments and functions of the university, including human resources, the FAU Police Department, the university budget office, business services, the university controller, the purchasing department, administrative technology support services and business/auxiliary services. He also was executive director of the FAU Finance Corporation and he served as liaison to the Audit and Finance Committee of the FAU Board of Trustees.

Crudele came to FAU in 1987 as director of purchasing. Over the course of 26 years, he rose steadily through the ranks, serving successively as assistant vice president for administration and finance, assistant vice president of operations management in the Division of Student Affairs, associate vice president for financial affairs and acting vice president for financial affairs. In 2010 he was named senior vice president for financial affairs, overseeing an operating budget of $587 million. He has played a major role in the university’s efforts to deal with challenges generated by repeated deep cuts in state funding, totaling $79 million over six years.

Crudele came to FAU from the governing body for the state university system, the Florida Board of Regents, which in 2003 became the Board of Governors. During his six years at the Board of Regents he held a number of positions, including office operations supervisor of business and financial services and purchasing agent. His service on the Board allowed him to gain system-wide knowledge of the business/financial side of university operations.

“FAU is in good hands with Dennis Crudele, as we’ve already seen during his six weeks as acting president,” said Anthony Barbar, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees. “He has my full support, as well as that of my fellow trustees.  We know he will continue to serve as a strong, thoughtful and decisive leader during our search for a permanent president.”

Crudele has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University.


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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