FAU Alumni Association

Owl Spotlight

Arthur C. Evans, Jr. Ph.D., B.S. ’82, M.A. ’84

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science My experience as an undergraduate student at FAU was life-changing. The education that I received prepared me well for my life’s work, which has included, among other opportunities, leading a 1.2 billion public healthcare agency, two Ivy League faculty appointments, and serving as the CEO for my discipline’s professional organization. I will forever…

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Sarah Siebert RN, CRRN; B.S.N ’10 M.S.N ’13

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing FAU provided me a holistic approach on my education and nursing path, said Siebert. The professors at FAU are truly engaged with their students and challenge them to achieve the next level. Because of FAU’s training and caring philosophy in nursing, it has allowed me to expand beyond just the science to truly…

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Corey A. Hancock, B.A. ’02, M.A. ’05

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters “FAU has played a critical role in my professional trajectory.  My years at FAU revealed to me my passions for foreign languages and political current events. A career as a diplomat is the perfect combination of both.  I encourage current FAU students to consider choosing careers in international development and diplomacy.”…

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Ambassador Robert M. “Skipp” Orr ’76

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters The Department of History at FAU equipped me with skills I have used my entire career. There is not a single profession I have had, whether it be as a congressional staffer, in the U.S. Agency for International Development, academia, the corporate world, the foundation environment or as a U.S. ambassador…

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Desmond K. Blackburn, Ph.D. ’06

College of Education Desmond K. Blackburn began his career in education in 1996 as a High School Math Teacher. Since then, he has been an Assistant Principal, Principal, District Trainer, Director of School Improvement, Area Superintendent, and the Chief of School Performance & Accountability for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). Dr. Blackburn currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools…

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Dr. Chandana Buddhala, Ph.D. ’12

Dr. Chandana Buddhala, PhD '12 Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Being an international student, FAU was a door to experiencing the American doctoral education system. I have had the privilege to work with some of the best mentors from the College of Science who helped shape my career. FAU provided a myriad of opportunities to grow and evolve, allowing me to become a…

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M. Phillip DeYoung, Ph.D. ’03

M. Phillip DeYoung, Ph.D. '03

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science My FAU experience has been invaluable to my professional career and has helped to mold me into the man that I am today. The faculty and staff at FAU were 100% invested in my growth and development from a graduate student to a scientist, and I am proud to call many of them…

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