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Senior Leadership Team Briefs

Charles L Brown

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.

Patrick Chun

Patrick Chun
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.

Dennis J. Crudele

Dennis J. Crudele
Senior Vice President of Institutional Initiatives and
Major Projects

Dennis J. Crudele, a longtime administrator at Florida Atlantic University, was named Senior Vice President of Institutional Initiatives and Major Projects in March 2014. Prior to serving as FAU’s acting president and interim president for 10 months, Mr. Crudele was FAU's Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs, with oversight responsibility for 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 is Executive Director of the FAU Finance Corporation and he serves as liaison to the Audit and Finance Committee of the FAU Board of Trustees. Mr. Crudele came to FAU in 1987 as Director of Purchasing after serving as Associate Director of Purchasing at the University of South Florida for one year. Over the course of 26 years at FAU, he has risen 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.

Joanne Davis

Joanne Davis
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.

David Kian

David Kian, J.D.
Vice President for Strategic Relations and
General Counsel

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.

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.

Dorothy K. Russell

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

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 Services, Board Operations, the Office of University Communications and the Office of Public Safety, which includes University Police, Traffic and Parking, and Emergency Management. Now a double graduate of FAU, Ms. Volnick has added a master's degree in educational leadership to her academic credentials.

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