Leadership

Leadership

Meet the FAU Kelly/Strul Team

Co-Founders/Chairs

Dr. John Kelly
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John Kelly was named president of Florida Atlantic University by unanimous vote of the FAU Board of Trustees on January 17, 2014, becoming the seventh president in the University’s 50-year history. Upon his arrival at FAU, President Kelly declared his intention to make FAU the fastest-improving university in America, and within two years it became clear that goal was within reach. In 2016, the Florida Board of Governors ranked FAU the top-performing public university in the state based on the board’s performance-based funding metrics across 11 participating universities.

 

President Kelly came to FAU from Clemson University, where he held a succession of leadership positions over a 28-year period. As president of FAU, he oversees an institution that currently serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six campuses along more than 100 miles of Florida’s east coast. One of the largest employers in South Florida, FAU has more than 3,000 employees, including 1,000 dedicated faculty members, and an operating budget in excess of $750 million. The University has an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion and is conducting millions of dollars’ worth of funded research in such critically important fields as drug discovery, biotechnology, ocean engineering and marine science.

 

President Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson and both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. In 2017, he received the Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor for a Clemson graduate. He is married to FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly, and they are the parents of Carly and Stella.

Aubrey Strul
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Meet Aubrey Strul, Co-Founder, Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

When asked the question, “What does it take to level the playing field that perpetuates societal imbalance”, Aubrey Strul, businessman/philanthropist, answers in a singular word – “passion.”

 

After more than a year of crafting the Kelly-Strul Emerging Scholars program, Aubrey knows that his passion for leveling the playing field so that more and more worthy students can attend Florida Atlantic University, must never ebb. With the initial class of four Emerging Scholars, his enthusiasm and vision for the program has only intensified.

 

As co-founder of the program with FAU President John Kelly his goal is to grow the program to include 80 students per year, or a total of 320 students by 2025. Kelly-Strul will increase by 10 students per year in 2018 and by 2019 Aubrey wants to be at 15+ additional students per year and 20 per year in 2020. He also plans to recruit passionate people to the Program’s Board of Directors to ensure rapid and steady growth.

 

A native of Johannesburg , South Africa , Aubrey and his family immigrated to the United States in 1977. His educational background is in accounting , finance and mathematics. He represented South Africa in the World Bridge Championships in 1972 and has won three American National Bridge Championships in 2007 , 2012 and 2016. Aubrey decided to retire from world class bridge at the end of 2018 to focus more of his time on building the Kelly Strul Emerging Scholars Program at FAU.

 

Major businesses Aubrey has owned were involved in: plastic extrusion, machine tool industry, chemical manufacturing, injection molding, land development, real estate development etc.

 

Aubrey is currently a private equity investor who invests in companies with strong management teams, quality product lines and exceptional people. He has oft been quoted as saying “it’s always all about the people.”

 

His ability to groom and develop people carried over to his passion for emerging scholars. He has always wanted to help young people who had the intellect, ability and desire but not the resources to attend college. Kelly-Strul Emerging Scholars became a calling for Aubrey and his wife Sally.

 

Kelly-Strul Emerging Scholars is far more than the money that goes into the program. The goal is to build a turnkey program that allows students to graduate in four-years without debt and leaves them with a passion to “give-back” when they graduate.

 

Beyond the education of young, deserving people, Aubrey sees a larger paradigm shift in the works, one that will help balance prevailing socio-economic inequities. He is concerned about the decimation of the middle class in this country and believes it is imperative that we lift up young people who have the desire and ambition to do well and give them a level playing field.

Board Members

Glen Stein
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Meet Board Member Glen Stein of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Board Member Glen Stein has witnessed how economic disparity can lead to a malfunctioning society. The solution, in his opinion, is to create economic opportunity through education as a bridge to the middle class.

 

“There was no middle class in South Africa,” he said. “Education is a way from low-income into the middle class. I’m passionate about creating those opportunities.”

 

Through his work, serving on the Board of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, Stein is helping first-generation students attend Florida Atlantic University, free from worry about how they will pay for their education.

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Stein also serves as Partner of Integrated Dermatology, the country’s largest independent dermatology practice, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Inspired by the effectiveness of FAU’s Center for Autism, Stein expanded his work at FAU through the Emerging Scholars Program, thanks to his relationships with program co-founder Aubrey Strul and his admiration of FAU President John Kelly and First Lady Carolyn Kelly.

“They are caring and competent leaders.  I see the difference they are making already,” he said.

 

He hopes to be an inspiration for people who want to contribute in a meaningful way and welcomes others to support the program and its students.

 

“Helping people pursue their goals is a joy,” Glen said. “Being educated in America gave me an opportunity for a great life, and I want to share that with others.”

Andrew Queen
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Meet Board Member Andrew Queen of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Andrew Queen can relate to the students who apply for the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, now being offered at Florida Atlantic University. As the father of college-aged children, Andrew understands the challenges of student life and the importance of focusing on academic success. He joined the Board not only because his friend and program co-founder Aubrey Strul invited him, but also because he hated the thought of qualified, ambitious students being unable to attend a university due to lack of finances.

 

“When I first learned about the program’s mission and about the talented students who had only a financial requirement holding them back, it was an easy decision to become involved. My brother and I are delighted to provide scholarships to pay for tuition, housing, and other university expenses for these capable students”, he said.

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

As the Co-CEO of Integrated Dermatology, Andrew and his brother, Jeff, offer paid internships within their company to the FAU Emerging Scholars. The internships will be offered during the breaks and summer, so students can concentrate on their studies.

 

“We hire students from FAU, and they are phenomenal,” Andrew said. “Professionally, we are excited to help them, mentor them along this road, as they take this journey to further their education.”

 

Andrew Queen is one of the founders of Integrated Dermatology, LLC and currently serves as a Manager and Director.  Mr. Queen brings 26 years of technology and business operations experience to Integrated Dermatology.  Mr. Queen is also a founder and serves as an executive officer of US Path Labs, LLC, OnSite Dermatology, LLC and eDerm Systems, LLC. Prior to co-founding these businesses in 2004, 2005 and 2007, respectively, Mr. Queen co-founded Health Watch, Inc. in 1991, a provider of home medical alert systems. From 1991 through 2001, Mr. Queen served in a variety of executive officer capacities with Health Watch and its successor, to whom Health Watch was successfully sold.  Mr. Queen is currently a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Jeffrey Queen
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Meet Board Member Jeff Queen of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Jeff Queen sees an active role for the community to play in helping the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program assist local university students.

 

“It takes a few people to help a few,” he said. “But it takes a village to help all who need to be helped.”

 

Along with his brother and business partner at Integrated Dermatology/eDerm, Andrew Queen, Jeff is encouraging all who can to assist low-income, first-generation students in becoming the next generation of Emerging Scholars at Florida Atlantic University. Jeff joined the Board not only because his friend and program co-founder Aubrey Strul invited him, but also because he understands how improbable attending college can be without financial resources and support.

 

“We’re helping tomorrow’s leaders afford college,” Jeff said “The concept of the Emerging Scholars program is that these kids can focus on college. (Andy and I) had jobs while we were in college. We want these kids to focus on getting a great education and not worry about making ends meet.”

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Jeff and his brother, Andrew, plan to offer paid internships within Integrated Dermatology/eDerm to the FAU Emerging Scholars. The internships will be offered during the breaks and summer, so students can concentrate on their studies.

 

“We’re the largest independent dermatology practice in the country, and we want to offer internships to any Emerging Scholar who wants to work during their off time,” Jeff said. “Our corporation offers opportunities in just about every field from medicine to accounting. We want to offer them a real-life, professional perspective.”

Howard Boilen
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Meet Board Member Howard Boilen of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Howard Boilen spent his career pioneering marketing strategies that led to global sales. From calculators to Seiko watches to Direct Response TV, Howard led marketing initiatives that took products from one side of the world to the other.

 

As a board member for the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, Howard is continuing to build bridges, but now instead of connecting people to products, he is connecting first-generation students to next-level education.

 

“I am personally involved with other charities that support immigrant families that bring with them the spirit and dreams that most of our own families came here with – to have a better life for their families, especially their children,” he said.

 

“These are typically young adults who have … achieved educational and community service success, and they have proven that they can achieve their dreams, if they can continue their education. Although their parents did not have the chance or the means to go to college, with the help of the Emerging Scholars Program, they can be the first in their families to achieve this.”

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Howard invites local community leaders, residents and even other students to join him and the Board, in increasing the opportunities for other worthy young people to attend FAU. He suggests two real ways for people to get involved.

“We want to get financial and mentoring support to as many students as possible. The need is there – our goal is to support every deserving student that needs our help,” he said.

 

“Among all the elements that students need to be successful in school, two stand out – money — $12,500 per year for four years will cover the financial need. This covers all the costs that the student will need, so the financial worries are taken away. Second is mentoring. The students will need guidance and support. FAU is doing a fantastic job, but as the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program grows, we will need additional one-on-one mentoring.”

Arthur Adler
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Meet Board Member Arthur Adler of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Arthur Adler only serves on one other board besides the Board of Directors for the new Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, but it is a very significant one. As chairman of the Boca West Foundation, which he has spearheaded since 2010, Arthur has been focused on caring for underprivileged area children at every stage of their development.

 

He joined the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program Board because he saw it as way to provide for the last part of the life cycle, which is support and financing of a child’s higher education. The Boca West Foundation facilitates services for children from birth through high school; however, its comprehensive reach stopped at college.

 

“I knew giving young people an opportunity at an advanced degree was more than just putting up money for scholarships,” Arthur said. “When my dear friends (and program co-founders) Aubrey Strul and John Kelly unveiled the program, it was so important to me that it provided housing on campus and gave the scholars a chance to engage with other students through the mentoring program. I knew that the kids would have the greatest chance at being successful, and that was my impetus for getting involved. The Emerging Scholars program completed the childhood circle from birth to college.”

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Arthur was an Emerging Scholar, the first and only in his family to attend a university.

 

“I understood very quickly that without a degree as part of your paperwork, you simply are not going to have the same opportunity to achieve a certain level of success,” he said. “We have tens of thousands of jobs going unfilled in this country. The good news is that we also have tens of thousands of people who could be doing those jobs, if they were better educated. If we can prepare the young people to take on these jobs, the country will just fly.”

Michael Lissauer
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Michael Lissauer, who has been called “an irreverent and outspoken leader who embraces change,” has more than 45 years experience in marketing, strategic planning, branding, advertising, social media and public relations.

 

From 1990-2007, he was executive vice president of marketing and business strategy for Business Wire and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors played a decisive role in the company’s acquisition by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in March 2006.

 

At Business Wire Michael built an integrated and multidisciplinary marketing department, dramatically improving market share and amplifying worldwide branding. He created the first-ever website for Business Wire in May 1995 revolutionizing corporate news delivery and enabling Business Wire to focus on integrated communications, direct-to-consumer marketing and social networking. Industry-leading trade publication, PRWeek reported “during the 1990s Business Wire leveraged the internet to lead the PR industry into another paradigm – perhaps the most important of our generation.”

 

Michael built strategic alliances and joint ventures at Business Wire, devised global solutions to meet client communications needs, orchestrated and conducted 18 Business Wire international sales meetings and managed the company’s marketing, social media, product development and strategic development departments.

 

After retiring from Business Wire, from 2009-2015, he was an adjunct professor of marketing at Baruch College, where he founded Park Bench Marketing Group; an in-house student operated pro-bono marketing communications company. Park Bench “inspired, dared to be different, combated indifference and challenged the status quo.” Capabilities included social media, print and digital advertising, branding, graphic and web design and public relations. Students grew in critical thinking and written and verbal communications.

 

Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boca West Children’s Foundation (which identifies and funds projects to assist at-risk children and their families in South Palm Beach County) and the Kelly-Strul Emerging Scholars Program at Florida Atlantic University and was a member of the Cold Spring Country Club Board of Governors from 2006-2016 and Piquet Lane Tennis Club Board of Directors from 1990-1993 (president 1992-93).

 

He has conceptualized and created websites for Business Wire, Cold Spring Country Club, The Boca West Children’s Foundation and The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program at Florida Atlantic University.

 

From 1976 through 1990 Michael was executive vice president of marketing at The Collier Organization and president of Saga Communications, the company’s in-house marketing division. At Collier, a conglomerate with interests in marketing communications, graphic arts, entertainment, substance abuse and restaurant management, he was responsible for all marketing functions, including advertising, public relations, branding and corporate publications.

 

At the start of his business career he held public relations positions with R.C. Auletta & Company (Vice President), Peugeot Motors of America/Liaison Agency (Public Relations Officer), Harshe Rotman & Druck (Account Executive) and The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center (Assistant Director of Public Relations).

 

Michael has a MBA in Communications from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business (1971) and a BA in Political Science from the University of Bridgeport (1968).

Michael Sneider
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Meet Michael Sneider
Advisor to the Board

 

Michael Sneider, an advisor to the Kelly-Strul Emerging Scholars Board of Directors, brings extraordinary diversified experience to the board that makes him an incredible asset to the students receiving scholarships.

Mike has more than 60 years experience in real estate development and finance. As a CEO and managing partner he has been involved in joint venture development of hotels, shopping centers, residential facilities and shipping facilities. He has owned, developed and financed residential properties in Georgia, California, Ohio, New York and Florida.

He is a past president of the Boca West Country Club Masters Association Board of Governors and has also been on the Country Club board for more than a dozen years serving on myriad committees including budget, finance, strategic planning, golf, fitness and facilities planning. As Vice Chairman of the Facilities Planning Committee he was involved with many of the designs of the original Boca West clubhouse.

Mike also served on the Board of Governors of the Jewish National Fund of New York, Shun Tak Far East Venture Corporation, 900 Fifth Avenue Corporation and the Rockrimmon Country Club in Stanford, CT. He is currently a board member and chairman of the advisory committee of the Boca West Children’s Foundation.

He is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Natalya Sabga
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Meet Board Member Natalya Sabga of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Natalya Sabga is a practitioner-scholar specializing in corporate learning and organizational leadership. She has held senior roles in both the private and public sectors, where her expertise in operations management, project management, process improvement and transformational change were applied to high-profile client relationships, strategic program development, team and organizational performance.

Natalya earned her Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in adult learning, leadership and succession planning. Prior to attaining her doctorate and moving into a consultancy role, Natalya enjoyed serving as an Associate Director in FAU’s College of Business for 11 years, leading its corporate and professional executive education programs. In this role, she helped working professionals accelerate their careers by creating version 2.0 of themselves and she assisted organizations with developing educational programs that solved real-time business issues.

In addition to her research on leadership, adult learning and motivation, she has published two books and written numerous articles.

Natalya feels very fortunate to have been blessed with limitless educational opportunities and believes that “learning is the key to confidence, fulfillment, success and independence in life”.

She hopes to be a positive influence for the Kelly/Strul scholarship recipients.

“Having a role helping students change and improve their lives through education will be as fulfilling and life-changing for me as it will be for them.”