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Former Florida chief financial officer takes job at FAU

Jeff Atwater will join Florida Atlantic University's administration, replacing Dorothy Russell.

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Nate Nkumbu, Contributing Writer

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Florida’s chief financial officer will be joining Florida Atlantic University as part of its administration — replacing the retiring Dorothy Russell.

On Friday, February 10, FAU announced  Jeff Atwater was picked for the position of vice president for strategic initiative and chief financial officer. Atwater was the first pick choice according to FAU President John Kelly.

Altwater takes over for Russell, who will retire after a decade as the current chief financial officer. Atwater will begin his job following the end of the 2017 Florida legislative session which is on May 5.

“When I approached Jeff about joining us here, it was immediately obvious he cares passionately about FAU,” Kelly said to the FAU newsdesk. “There is no better person to help guide this University’s finances and corporate relationships as we continue with unbridled ambition to make FAU America’s fastest improving university.”

As well as begin the chief financial officer, Altwater has previous experience being a representative in the state house, a senator in the state senate and vice mayor of his hometown of North Palm Beach.

David Art Kite is currently the interim vice president, a position he held since Feb. 1.   

Nate Nkumbu is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email nukumbu94@gmail.com or tweet him @FoureyedNate.              

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One Response to “Former Florida chief financial officer takes job at FAU”

  1. Valerie Bryan on February 15th, 2017 12:35 am

    Congratulation, Mr. Atwater, on your new role at FAU. As a faculty member at FAU, I am pleased to see someone of your caliber joining the administrative team at FAU.

    Dr. Valerie Bryan
    Professor in Educational Leadership & Research Methodology & Eminent Scholar in Community Education

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