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FAU PROPEL Hosts Completion Ceremony

DAVIE, Fla. (September 4, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Principal Rapid Orientation and Preparation in Educational Leadership (PROPEL) program hosted a ceremony celebrating the completion of Phase I for its second cohort of students at FAU’s Davie campus.

PROPEL is the result of a $3.5 million grant awarded by the Florida Department of Education in December, 2011 for its innovative approach to a principal preparation programPROPEL was created to reform and streamline the Broward County Public Schools and FAU’s school leadership preparation programs with the outcome of creating a single, seamless, leadership program.

"The PROPEL partnership is a successful model of synergy that creates a powerful dynamic that is certain to serve as a model across the state and perhaps beyond," said Valerie J. Bristor, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Education.

Twenty-five PROPEL students received certificates signifying that they have met the requirements for a master’s degree in educational leadership and certification in Level I educational leadership. The ceremony featured remarks from FAU Interim President Dennis J. Crudele, along with Bristor, Robert Shockley, educational leadership and research methodology chairman, and Daniel Reyes-Guerra, PROPEL director and principal investigator. Remarks were also presented by Robert Runcie, Broward County Public Schools superintendent; and Kimberly Pippin and Eileen McDaniel, both from Florida’s Department of Education.

The event began with remarks from distinguished speakers, followed by a video created by PROPEL participants highlighting their program experience and concluded with presentation of the students’ Phase I completion certificates. A reception followed where PROPEL participants were joined by their families and those who have supported and taught them through their first year in the program. 

For more information about the event contact Catheline Andre at 954- 236-1299 or .  For more information about the PROPEL program, contact Daniel Reyes-Guerra at 954-236-1654 or .


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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