Vice President for Public Service
Jorge Calzadilla joined Florida Atlantic University as the Vice President for Public Service in July 2014 after working at Clemson University for 27 years. Throughout his professional history, he has demonstrated expertise in the areas of organizational administration, strategic partnership development, creative youth program design and management, and staff development. He is responsible for the establishment of Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute (YLI), which later emerged as one of South Carolina’s leading youth organizations, operating seven year-round sites located across the state of South Carolina and more than 190 programs. Recognized for his effective leadership and service to youth and communities, Calzadilla is the recipient of the Award for Excellence, one of the highest honors granted by Clemson University. He has served as an advisor to The Conservation Fund’s National Forum on Children and Nature and on the National Youth Advocate Program Board as well as the South Carolina National Guard Advisory Foundation Board. Calzadilla earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Clemson.
Vice President for 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
Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Dennis J. Crudele, a longtime administrator at Florida Atlantic University, was named Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement in September 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.
Vice President, Public Affairs
Peter Hull joined FAU in May 2014. He oversees the Office of University Communications, which includes university-wide marketing initiatives, internal communications, FAU’s online presence through FAU.edu and social media, university branding, media relations and creative services. A former newspaper reporter, Mr. Hull has worked for The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), Inside Business (Norfolk, Va.), the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.), and The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.). In 2005, he was award a 1st Place in Business reporting from the S.C. Press Association. Mr. Hull joined FAU after six years at Clemson University where he was communications and marketing director for economic development. In this role he was responsible for communications at Clemson’s 10 off-campus enterprise campuses and research and education centers across South Carolina. Peter attended University Centre Croydon in London, England, and received a Master of Arts from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
David Kian, J.D.
Vice President, Legal Affairs 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.
Corey King, D.Ed.
Interim Vice President, Student Affairs
Corey King, Ed.D., joined FAU in 2008 as the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students and is currently the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. He oversees all aspects of student life, promoting a campus culture that embraces academic excellence, social and personal development, and civic responsibility. He also directs the Division of Student Affairs, which provides a wide array of services to FAU’s 30,000 students. In addition, Dr. King is an associate graduate faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology within the College of Education. During the past 20 years, Dr. King has held administrative positions in Student Affairs at Florida State University, the University of Florida, Wheeling Jesuit University and East Carolina University. He is involved with the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He has participated in many institutes and workshops, such as the NASPA/SACSA New Professional Institute, NASPA/SACSA Mid Managers’ Institute and the NASPA Senior Student Affairs Officers’ Institute. Dr. King received a Bachelor of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from Florida State University. He earned his Doctorate of Educational Administration and Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
John W. Newcomer, M.D.
Interim Vice President for Research
Executive Vice Dean, Charles E. Schmidt
College of Medicine
John W. Newcomer, M.D. is Interim Vice President for Research and Executive Vice Dean at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Dr. Newcomer joined the faculty in the College of Medicine at FAU in 2012. He has served as a Principal Investigator on research grants funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 20 years. During more than two decades at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St. Louis, he served in a series of research leadership positions related to the NIH-funded WUSM General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) and the WUSM Center for Clinical Studies. He was Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Miami during 2011-2012. Dr. Newcomer graduated from Brown University and received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training and a research fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has served as an editorial board member for journals that include Obesity, Neuropsychopharmacology and Schizophrenia Bulletin, as a member of numerous Data Safety Monitoring Boards, as a member of the Metabolic Disorders Steering Committee of the Biomarkers Consortium of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and for 13 years he was the Chair of the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board for the State of Missouri.
Gary W. Perry, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. 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
Vice President, Financial Affairs
and Chief Financial Officer
Vice President for Financial Affairs, Dorothy Russell started at FAU as Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Budget Director. Ms. 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, M.Ed.
Vice President, Administrative Affairs
and Chief Administrative Officer
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 Administrative Affairs and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. As Vice President Administrative Affairs, 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.