Eric Shaw, Emeritus of Marketing, Donates $2 Million to University

Florida Atlantic alumnus and one of the longest serving faculty members at the University, Professor Emeritus Eric Shaw, Ph.D., ‘72, ‘73, has dedicated his life to teaching, research and service at his alma mater. Inspiring future generations to follow in his footsteps, Shaw’s estate gift pledge of more than $2 million in 2021 benefits athletics, business, arts and letters, and other university programs. This gift also designates Shaw as the largest Florida Atlantic faculty or staff donor in the university’s history, after former Assistant Professor Dick Schmidt ’71.

Shaw received his B.B.A. in 1972 and M.B.A. in 1973 at Florida Atlantic. After earning his Ph.D. at Temple University, Shaw taught at Rutgers University and the University of Miami. Upon returning to Florida Atlantic in 1982, he served as associate dean for the College of Business, acting director for the School of Industry Studies and chair for the Marketing Department for 15 years. During his tenure, Shaw served as faculty athletics representative to the NCAA, president of the faculty senate, and board member of the FAU Alumni Association, the FAU Foundation Board and FAU’s Board of Trustees.

Shaw continues to work with Ph.D. students, serve on Florida Atlantic committees and journal review boards, and engage in scholarly activities that benefit the university he calls home.

“My 50 years at FAU, first as an undergraduate student and now as emeritus professor, make me feel like I’ve grown up with the university,” said Shaw. “I am forever grateful to FAU for providing me an excellent education, terrific mentors and talented colleagues to work with, exceptional students with bright eager minds to share knowledge, and offering me so many opportunities for personal and professional growth. It is a privilege and my great pleasure to give back by making a small contribution to this great university.”