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Robert E. Hinkley to Retire Following a Distinguished Career in Medical School Admissions and Enrollment

Hinkley Championed the Admissions and Enrollment Process for FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

BOCA RATON, FL (September 13, 2012) —Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has announced the retirement of Robert E. Hinkley, Ph.D., 69, associate dean of admissions and enrollment at the end of this year. Hinkley joined the college in 2010 to champion the admissions and enrollment process of FAU’s new medical school recruiting and assembling 64 students in the inaugural class and 64 students this year’s incoming class. Hinkley has worked in medical admissions and enrollment for more than 39 years. 

“This year, we doubled the number of applications we received to 3,000 for 64 positions in our incoming class, and this is a testament to Dr. Hinkley’s outstanding skills and experience,” said David J. Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. “He leaves a legacy that puts students first and we are most grateful for his service and dedication to our new medical school and to medical education.”

Under Hinkley’s leadership, the Schmidt College of Medicine received more than 1,500 applications for its inaugural class last year within a very condensed timeframe. The inaugural class represents all of the major colleges and universities in Florida as well as institutions around the nation such as Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Brigham Young and Duke. Fifty-eight percent of the 64 students in this year’s class of 2016 are women—higher than the national average of 49 percent. Approximately 13 percent of the class is Hispanic, 11 percent are Asian and 3 percent are African-American. Although 75 percent of the class majored in traditional pre-med subjects, the class is also made up of students who have non-science majors such as Asian studies, philosophy, history and economics. Twelve of the class members have advanced degrees, including one student who is a post-doctoral fellow and holds an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. in pathobiology.  

“It has been a privilege to work with an extraordinary group of individuals in the Schmidt College of Medicine and FAU,” said Hinkley. “After nearly 40 years of service to medical education I am retiring with the deepest of pride knowing that my work has helped a generation of students realize their dreams and ensure that our region will have an adequate and diverse physician workforce to serve our communities.”

Hinkley received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2008, where he spent 17 years overseeing the medical admissions program there. He received this award for his commitment to recruiting and matriculating outstanding students of medicine, allowing a generation of students to achieve their dreams and greatly contributing to the quality and diversity of the physician workforce. He was also tapped for “Iron Arrow” in 1995, the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami. In addition to the senior administrative positions that he has held during his career, he is an accomplished researcher who conducted National Institutes of Health-sponsored research for more than 20 years and received a Research Career Development Award from the NIH.

Hinkley received his Ph.D. in comparative biochemistry and physiology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and conducted his post-doctoral training in the Department of Anesthesia at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He received his M.S. in biology and his B.S. in zoology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine will begin the search for Hinkley’s replacement in the coming months.


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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