Lessons in Leadership

NSU's Robert Preziosi, D.P.A.

When it comes to business, Robert Preziosi, D.P.A., isn’t one to follow the line. In fact, he doesn’t encourage anyone else to do so, either. He believes that the secret to success lies in unlocking creativity. And for nearly 40 years, that’s exactly what he’s been helping students do at Nova Southeastern University.

“’That’s the way it’s always been done’ is not a worthwhile explanation– not by any stretch of the imagination,” Preziosi said. His innovative ideas have helped shape courses and programs at NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, including its undergraduate and graduate leadership programs.

“I’ve defined leadership as any action anybody takes that helps somebody accomplish something. It’s more than organizational charts and square boxes that put you at the top. If you help somebody get something done, you’re a leader.” By his own definition, Preziosi is a leader, having helped thousands of students obtain the necessary skills to achieve their career dreams.

Although he has spent most of his years at NSU teaching graduate students, Preziosi created the Preziosi Family Changing Lives Scholarship for undergraduate business students, stating that he believes their “bright, cheery, and optimistic attitudes” should be rewarded. “We should show them how valuable that is, and reinforce it by offering them scholarship money.”

Preziosi looks forward to the annual luncheon for benefactors and recipients of Changing Lives Scholarships. “I’ve met a few students who’ve received the scholarship and they’ve shared how valuable and meaningful it was for them. It gave them the opportunity to be successful. These scholarships may not always offer a whole lot of money, but they help. And I really believe in helping other people become successful.”

While Preziosi’s plan is to retire from teaching, he hopes to continue to work with alumni, encouraging them to form connections to, have pride in, and give back to the college.


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