FAU Celebrates 40 Years in Fort Lauderdale

FAU recently celebrated 40 years of providing education in Fort Lauderdale with a cocktail reception at the new MetroLAB art exhibition space at the downtown Fort Lauderdale campus. Guests included FAU Interim President Dennis Crudele; Abdol Moabery, member of FAU’s Board of Trustees; Anthony Abbate, associate provost for FAU’s Broward campuses; Jeremy Ring, Florida state senator; John P. “Jack” Seiler, mayor of the city of Fort Lauderdale; Lee Feldman, Fort Lauderdale city manager; Dean Trantalis, Fort Lauderdale city commissioner; and Robert Dressler, former mayor of the city of Fort Lauderdale.

“I’m delighted to bring greetings from the Board of Trustees as we celebrate FAU’s long history of serving the people of Broward County,” said Moabery. “FAU is taking the lead in developing programs that are preparing students to become full participants in the new economy, with special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our Broward campuses are deeply engaged in this initiative, offering a broad range of degree programs that give students hands-on research experience and help them develop entrepreneurial skills. Thank you again for your support of FAU, Broward’s hometown university.”

F. Lou and May Jean Wolff, who established an endowed scholarship for the School of Architecture in 2002, were the guests of honor. Mr. Wolff, a retired architect, designed the landmark Keenan building (now Citibank) on Oakland Park Boulevard and U.S. 1, known for its mosaic façade and curved profile. The Wolffs, who have been residents of Fort Lauderdale for 60 years, were presented with a crystal globe for their many years of support to the architecture program at FAU.

Also thanked for their support of FAU were design expert and modernist furniture collector Christopher Fillicio and his family, who in 1999 donated a rare Reitveld Zig Zag chair, now proudly on display at FAU’s School of Architecture.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings shared congratulatory remarks and praise for FAU’s role in providing excellence in public higher education in Broward County with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill recently. His remarks are part of the record of the 113th Congress, and a copy of the Congressional Record was presented by his staff at the reception.

In 1971, seven years after FAU opened its doors in Boca Raton, FAU built its original Fort Lauderdale campus on Commercial Boulevard. FAU opened the downtown Fort Lauderdale campus in 1985, and in 1989 the Florida legislature designated FAU the lead state university serving Broward County. FAU began to offer classes in Davie in the early 1990s and now has a full-service campus serving more than 6,000 students. In 1999, FAU opened its Sea Tech facility in Dania Beach. The FAU-BC Higher Education Complex opened across the street from the Fort Lauderdale campus in 2001.

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From left, May Jean Wolff, FAU Interim President Dennis Crudele, FAU Director of School of Architecture Deirdre Hardy, F. Louis Wolff, Yvette London and Interim FAU Provost Gary Perry. Photo by Lilly Echeverria.

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