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FAU’s Wilkes Honors College Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

JUPITER, FL (November 22, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College recently announced the addition of seven new members to the advisory board.

The new board members include Robert Bertisch, Esq., executive director of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.; Ryan El-Hosseiny, vice president of Access Medical Labs; Diane Peterson McNeal, vice president and lending specialist of Comerica Bank; Robert Parish, senior portfolio manager of BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Diane Perlberg, Esq., a career counselor and college advisor; Tim Peters, senior vice president of Key Private Bank; and Michael Slavin, Esq., of McHale and Slavin, PA, Patent Attorneys.

The mission of the advisory board is to promote community knowledge and awareness of the Honors College; develop interactions between the Honors College and the broader community; support measures to build the college’s endowment for scholarships, professorships, programs and facilities; and foster the spirit of excellence in education that historically embodies FAU and the Honors College.

For more information on the Wilkes Honors College, call Dianne Reeves at 561-799-8665 or visit


The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, is a four-year residential liberal arts & science college for high achieving undergraduates.

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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. For more information, visit

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