We are four months into the public launch of Realizing Potential – The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University! Below is a brief quarterly report. We have had some nice successes already, and with your assistance, I know that we can look forward to many more.
Three things that you, as Campaign Leadership Cabinet members, can do to help us realize tremendous potential are 1) facilitate an introductory meeting with a new lead, 2) suggest a person you can bring along for a campus tour or to an NSU event, and 3) provide a date(s) when you would be willing to host a small gathering in your home, a local restaurant, or on campus.
So far, intimate events like the one hosted by fellow cabinet member Patricia Du Mont for Fischler College of Education Dean Lynne Schrum, and another hosted by NSU Trustee Carol Harrison in her home have been a terrific hit. Harrison showcased NSU medical research, the opening of the Center for Collaborative Research, the Karolinska Institutet partnership, and the approved HCA hospital. NSU’s development team can help you do the same.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to fellow cabinet members James and Cathy Donnelly and their company Castle Group. James closed the recent Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction ceremony by announcing a significant gift to support the new Property Management minor in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Thank you to James and Cathy!
Please take a few moments to read through this briefing, and call or email the team today using the contact information at the end of the report.
J. Kenneth Tate
NSU Trustee and Chair, Campaign Leadership Cabinet
$21 million FY 16 Goal: $19,421,864 (92%)
$250 million 2020 Goal: $140,428,255 (56%)
AutoNation * Bien Air USA * James and Cathy Donnelly * Stanley and Pearl Goodman * George Hanbury, Ph.D. * The Estate of Dr. Paul Hersey * Mike and Alice Jackson * Albert and Beatriz Miniaci * Racing for Cancer, Inc. * The Taft Foundation * Kenny and Sandy Tate * Craig and Barbara Weiner *
New Hospital: HCA East Florida received state approval for a new hospital to be built on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. The 200-bed community hospital will serve South Florida, and will eventually become a teaching and research facility integrated with NSU’s clinics, research centers, and clinical trials. This milestone addition, coupled with this year’s opening of NSU’s Center for Collaborative Research, will provide students and faculty members expanded opportunities for research and training.
Founding Dean: Johannes W. Vieweg, M.D., FACS, is the founding dean of NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine. Vieweg joins NSU from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, where he served as the Wayne and Marti Huizenga Endowed Research Scholar’s Chair, director of the UF Prostate Disease Center, and chairman of the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council. NSU will be the only university in the Southeastern United States to house both an osteopathic (D.O.) medical school and an allopathic (M.D.) medical school. The first class of M.D. candidates could be welcomed in 2018, subject to achieving preliminary accreditation.
“Dr. Vieweg has a stellar reputation as a physician leader and researcher, and with his guidance, NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine will be home to a strong M.D. program that complements NSU’s existing D.O. program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and helps meet the growing need for physicians in our community and on a regional and national level,” said President George Hanbury, Ph.D.
New Dean: Yong X. Tao, Ph.D. is the new dean of College of Engineering and Computing. Tao joins NSU from the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, where he served as founding chair of the Mechanical and Energy Engineering (MEE) Department. There, he led the impressive growth of MEE programs – the enrollment climbed to approximately 750 undergraduate students and 80 M.S. and Ph.D. students in just five years. In addition, Dr. Tao was instrumental in securing accreditation for the MEE undergraduate program and establishing the new Ph.D. program.
“Dr. Tao is an internationally renowned researcher in fundamentals of thermal sciences and engineering as well as renewable energy applications,” said President George Hanbury, Ph.D. “With his more than 27 years of academic research and teaching experience, he will take NSU’s College of Engineering and Computing to the next level.”
Legacy Giving: At 37 years of age, NSU alumnus William Scott Parker Jr. of The Parker-Harrigan Group decided to show his support of Realizing Potential by making an annual gift, a matching corporate gift, and a legacy gift. Since the public launch of our campaign at the end of January, NSU has received nine new legacy gifts – (2) Trustees, (2) professors, (3) staff members, (4) alumni (two are staff, and one is a Trustee) and (1) friend of NSU. All are now founding members of NSU’s 1964 Society, named for the university’s founding year. All donors who make legacy gifts prior to December 31, 2016 will be considered founding members.
"I look at where I am in my career, and to be honest I wouldn't have my current job if I didn't get my M.B.A. from NSU,” said Parker, a 2006 graduate of the Huizenga College of Business. “We plan on giving to NSU well beyond my company match for the Veterans Resource Center, and the planned gift that my wife and I recently undertook. We committed to the planned gift, because it’s the most impactful way that we can support the Realizing Potential campaign at this point in time.”
“Building great facilities, attracting top professors and educating talented students at NSU only enhances the business community and the living environment in South Florida,” he added. “My commitment is to lead by example in upping my philanthropic ante as I realize further financial success in life. Hopefully my actions will prove inspiring.”
NSU is #2 in State for Bar Pass Rate: NSU's Shepard Broad College of Law (SBCL) graduates came in second in the state for the February 2016 Florida Bar. NSU’s first-time pass rate was 75 percent, placing the college just behind Florida International University and far ahead of the 58.4 percent state average for the exam. More than 40 SBCL students who passed the Florida Bar exam—both first time and second time testers—participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the NSU Panza Maurer Law Library at Leo Goodwin Hall on campus.