Presidential Search Committee Members

UM Board of Trustees Chairman Stuart A. Miller appoints Presidential Search Committee.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 12, 2014) — On Friday, UM Board of Trustees Chairman Stuart A. Miller appointed members to the Presidential Search Committee. The following is the text from the statement. For the original message, click here.

TO: The University of Miami Community
FROM: Stuart A. Miller, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
SUBJECT: Presidential Search Committee

Since 2001, President Shalala has guided the University into the top tier of national research universities, with unprecedented progress in teaching, scholarship, research, patient care, campus infrastructure, fundraising, and community outreach. As President Shalala prepares to step down in the summer 2015, we are moving forward in the search for her successor, who will lead the next phase of this great University’s continuing advancement.

As previously noted, I have appointed Richard D. Fain, Vice Chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., to chair the Presidential Search Committee. He earned a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. A highly respected business and civic leader in our community, Richard has a long tradition of service to the University as a dedicated trustee since 1997.  Read Full Bio ...

Richard D. Fain

Richard D. Fain, Chair

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, M.B.A., 1972University of California at Berkeley, B.S., 1969

Richard Fain is chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He joined Royal Caribbean in 1979 as an outside director on the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, he spent 13 years as treasurer, chief financial officer, and joint managing director of Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corporation.

Mr. Fain is a member of the National Conference for Community and Justice and serves on the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council, the Posse Foundation, and the Florida Council of 100. In addition, he serves on the executive committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade County. He is a former chair of the Miami Business Forum, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, and of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). He has also served as co-chair of the United Way Campaign of Miami-Dade County.

In 2004, Mr. Fain received the Ultimate CEO Award from the South Florida Business Journal and accepted the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition Organization. He was inducted into the South Florida Business Hall of Fame in October 2004. Mr. Fain was presented one of France’s most distinguished awards, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (French Legion of Honor), and was named Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion by Finland. Mr. Fain has received many other distinguished awards and honors.

Mr. Fain was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 1997 and as vice chair of the Board in 2014. He is currently an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee, chair of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Visiting Committee, and a member of the Miller School of Medicine’s Visiting Committee. Mr. Fain is a board member of the Miller School of Medicine’s Project Newborn. Royal Caribbean International and the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences have joined forces to study the ocean and atmosphere through an atmospheric and an oceanographic laboratory on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.

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As of this morning, I have appointed fourteen (14) individuals to the Presidential Search Committee — ten (10) members of the Board of Trustees, including our student trustee, and four (4) members of the faculty — who represent our University community. In addition to Richard Fain, the other members of the search committee are:

  • Leonard Abess, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkLAB Ventures, has served as a Trustee since 1997. He served as Chairman of UM’s Board of Trustees from 2011 until 2014 and is an Ex-Officio member of the Executive Committee. He and his wife, Jayne, are Co-Chairs of the Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. He earned his business degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Read Full Bio ...
    Leonard Abess

    Leonard L. Abess

    University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, B.S., 1970

    Leonard Abess is chairman and CEO of thinkLAB Ventures. Mr. Abess is the former Chairman of the Board of Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he and his wife Jayne established The Abess Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He is a former director of the Federal Reserve, Miami Branch.

    Mr. Abess was recognized by President Barack Obama during the President’s address to the Joint Session of Congress in February 2009. He was later named “Person of the Week” by the ABC television network and was named to the Time magazine list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In June 2009, the Florida Bankers Association named Mr. Abess as the “Banker of the Year.” He was also named “Boss of the Year” in Reader’s Digest’s Best of America issue.

    Mr. Abess is a devoted environmentalist and in order to foster interdisciplinary approaches to environmental management and decision-making on a global level, his family endowed the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy (CESP) at the University of Miami and founded the Abess Center for Environmental Studies at Miami Country Day School. Mr. Abess is the recipient of numerous community service awards. In 2010, Mr. Abess received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Rollins College.

    Mr. Abess has been a member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees since 1997. He served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2011 and chair of the Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2014. His father, the late Leonard L. Abess, Sr., served on the board from 1964 to 2001.

    Mr. Abess is currently an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and he and his wife, Jayne, are the co-chairs of the Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. The School of Architecture’s Leonard L. and Jayne Abess Breezeway is named in their honor.

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  • Hilarie Bass is Co-President of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. She earned a B.A. from George Washington University and her J.D. from UM School of Law. She has served as a Trustee since 2003 and recently was named Vice Chair of the Board. She serves on the Executive Committee as the Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee and is chair of the School of Education and Human Development Campaign forMomentum2, as well as the school’s Visiting Committee.  Read Full Bio ...
    Hilarie Bass

    Hilarie Bass, Esq.

    University of Miami, J.D., 1981
    George Washington University, B.A., 1975

    Hilarie Bass is co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. She previously completed an eight-year term as the national chair of the firm’s 600-member litigation department and serves on its Executive Committee. During her more than 30-year career, Ms. Bass has successfully represented clients in commercial cases in jury and non-jury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. She is currently lead counsel for the Homebuilder Group in the Chinese Drywall MDL, having served as Lead Liaison counsel in prior MDL’s. In 2011, she completed her term as chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. She currently serves in the ABA House of Delegates and as the Florida representative to the Nominating Committee. Ms. Bass is widely recognized for her pro bono work on behalf of two foster children which led to the elimination of, and holding as unconstitutional, the 20-year old ban on gay adoption in the State of Florida.

    Ms. Bass was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 2003 and elected as vice chair of the Board in 2014. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees as chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee and the School of Education and Human Development Campaign for Momentum2, as well as the School of Education Visiting Committee and the School of Law’s Visiting Committee. She is also a member of the University’s prestigious Iron Arrow honor society. Ms. Bass received the Alumni Award for Outstanding Fundraiser (2009) and served as director-at-large for the University of Miami Law Alumni Association. Recently, the Law School’s courtyard was named “Hilarie Bass Bricks” in her honor.

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  • Tracey P. Berkowitz is the Managing Trustee of The Fairholme Foundation, which was established in 2002 and supports artistic, educational, and religious nonprofit organizations. She is also a member of The Board of Overseers for The Center for Jewish History in New York and the Advisory Board of The Friendship Circle of South Miami. She was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 2011, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees as chair of the Student Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee.  Read Full Bio ...
    Tracey P. Berkowitz

    Tracey P. Berkowitz

    University of Massachusetts, A.B., 1979

    Tracey Berkowitz is the Managing Trustee of The Fairholme Foundation. Established in 2002, the Foundation supports artistic, educational, and religious non-profit organizations.

    Mrs. Berkowitz is also a member of The Board of Overseers for The Center for Jewish History in New York and the Advisory Board of The Friendship Circle of South Miami.

    Mrs. Berkowitz was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 2011. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees as chair of the Student Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee. She and her husband, Bruce, are Vice Chairs of the Momentum2 Campaign. The Fairholme Foundation’s leadership gift to the new Student Activities Center Complex has dramatically enhanced and transformed campus life. She is the proud mother of three ’Canes.

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  • ProfessorCharlton Copeland joined the UM School of Law faculty as an Associate Professor in the fall 2007, where he teaches Administrative Law, Civil Procedure I and II, Comparative Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, and the Regulatory State. He received an A.B. from Amherst College, an M.A. in religion from Yale Divinity School, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  Read Full Bio ...
    Charlton C. Copeland

    Charlton C. Copeland, Esq.

    Yale Law School, J.D., 2003
    Yale Divinity School, M.A.R., 2002
    Amherst College, A.B., 1996

    Charlton Copeland joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law as an associate professor in the fall of 2007. Professor Copeland currently teaches Administrative Law, Civil Procedure I and II, Comparative Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, and the Regulatory State.

    Professor Copeland served as a law clerk to Justices Richard J. Goldstone and Catherine O’Regan of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and to Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was also an associate with the firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C.

    Prior to joining the University of Miami faculty, Professor Copeland served as a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Law from 2006 to 2007. Professor Copeland’s research interests are administrative law, federal courts and federalism, comparative constitutional law, race and the law, and law and religion. His primary area of scholarship has been federalism, including the relationship between state and federal courts and national regulatory and state regulatory authority. His scholarship has offered a critique of the dominant conceptions of the federal-state relationship that underwrite jurisprudence in the areas of federal jurisdiction and constitutional law. Professor Copeland has also written articles that address convergence between 20th century Protestant theology with law in areas such as religion’s role in the public domain and marriage equality. His current research examines the relationship between federalism and equality.

    From 2010 to 2014, Professor Copeland served as a member of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, serving as chair of the Commission from 2012 to 2013. The Commission is an independent agency with investigatory, advisory and quasi-judicial authority, empowered to enforce county and municipal ethics ordinances.

    Recently, in the media, Professor Copeland appeared on C-SPAN as a moderator on a panel on voting rights and election law. He has also appeared as a panelist on WPBT’s Viewpoint, addressing, among other issues, the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decisions. He has been quoted in the press on issues related to ongoing state litigation in the marriage equality, the Supreme Court’s decisions on California’s Proposition 8 litigation and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the Supreme Court’s reconsideration of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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  • David L. Epstein is Chief Executive Officer of C3/CustomerContactChannels, and Managing Partner of Presidential Capital Partners. He was elected a UM Trustee in 2004 and serves on the Investments Committee of the Board of Trustees, as well as Chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee. He earned his B.B.A. at UM.  Read Full Bio ...
    David L. Epstein

    David L. Epstein

    University of Miami, B.B.A., 1995

    David Epstein is chairman and CEO of C3/CustomerContactChannels, a global leader of Business Process Outsourcing and is the managing partner of Presidential Capital Partners, a private venture capital firm. He is the former co-owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Precision Response Corporation, a division of Interactive Corp (IACi), a global leader in Customer Relationship Management, and co-founder of PetStyle, America’s first broadband pet channel.

    Mr. Epstein has served on the University of Miami Board of Trustees since 2004, and is currently a member of the Investments Committee and chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the visiting committee for the School of Communication and is an ex-officio advisory board member of Entrepreneurship Programs at the School of Business Administration. The Kosar/Epstein Faculty Office Wing at the School of Business Administration is named in his honor. The Alan S. Epstein Scholarship Fund at the Miller School of Medicine was established in memory of his father. He and his wife, Jodi, are longtime supporters of the University, and together they have three children Alec (UM ’15), Cassie (Emerson ’17) and Daniel (UM ’18).

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  • Amy Halpern is a senior majoring in business law and marketing, who will graduate in 2015. She serves as President of the UM Panhellenic Association, is a member of Iron Arrow, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Order of Omega, and Rho Lambda Honor Societies. She currently serves as the Student Trustee on the UM Board.  Read Full Bio ...
    Amy F. Halpern

    Amy F. Halpern

    University of Miami, B.B.A., expected 2015

    Amy Halpern is a senior majoring in business law and marketing and the president of the University of Miami Panhellenic Association. Ms. Halpern served as program coordinator for the IMPACT Leadership Retreat, vice chair of Student Government’s Category Five, project coordinator of the Student Government Freshman Leadership Council, and hospitality chair of the Atlantic Coast Conference Leadership Symposium.

    Ms. Halpern was recently named a member of the University’s distinguished Iron Arrow Honor Society. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Mortar Board National Collegiate Honors Society, Rho Lambda National Sorority Leadership Honors Society, and Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honors Society. She received the May A. Brunson Panhellenic Outstanding New Member award and Student Government Rising Leader award.

    Ms. Halpern is the University of Miami Board of Trustees 2014-2015 student trustee and currently a member of the board’s Student Affairs Committee. She served as a student representative to the board’s Academic Affairs Committee in 2013-2014.

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  • Marilyn J. Holifield is a Partner at Holland & Knight, L.L.P, where she represents corporate clients in litigation. She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has served as a UM Trustee since 2002 and is an At-Large member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. She also serves on the University of Miami Hospital Board of Governors, the College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee, and the Miller School of Medicine UHealth Visiting Committee.  Read Full Bio ...
    Marilyn J. Holifield

    Marilyn J. Holifield, Esq.

    Harvard University, J.D., 1972
    Swarthmore College, B.A., 1969

    Marilyn J. Holifield, partner at Holland & Knight, practices in the general litigation area, with a specific emphasis on representing corporate clients. Her practice includes employment, business litigation, corporate governance, trade secrets, covenants- not-to-compete, class action, and intellectual property litigation. For five years, Ms. Holifield was an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City and was the general counsel for the New York State Division for Youth.

    Ms. Holifield has served on the Directors Committee of Holland & Knight and the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. She has also served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and the Executive Council of Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section.

    Ms. Holifield served two terms as chair of the American Bar Association Conference of Minority Partners in Majority/Corporate Law Firms and as a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession. The Governor of Florida appointed Ms. Holifield as a co-chair of the 1994 Summit of the Americas, which included historic meetings of the heads of state of 34 countries in this hemisphere.

    Ms. Holifield was named by Black Enterprise magazine as one of America’s top employment lawyers, and one of South Florida’s 25 most successful and prominent black business women by Network Miami magazine.

    Ms. Holifield was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 2002 and is currently an at-large member of the Executive Committee. Ms. Holifield is a member of the Visiting Committees for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Miller School of Medicine (UHealth) and serves on the University of Miami Hospital Board of Governors.

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  • ProfessorNeil Johnson leads the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics’ new interdisciplinary research group in Complexity looking at collective behavior and emergent properties in a wide range of real-world Complex Systems from physical, biological and medical domains to social and financial domains. He received a B.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar.  Read Full Bio ...
    Neil F. Johnson

    Neil F. Johnson, Ph.D.

    Harvard University, Ph.D., 1989
    Cambridge University (U.K.), B.A., 1984

    Professor Neil Johnson joined the University of Miami in 2007 and leads a new inter-disciplinary research group in Complexity in the Department of Physics at the College of Arts and Sciences, which is looking at collective behaviour and emergent properties in a wide range of real-world Complex Systems: from physical, biological and medical domains to social and financial domains. Professor Johnson’s research group continues to develop new interdisciplinary projects with other departments and schools within the University (including medicine, life sciences, and social sciences) and with other institutions within U.S. and globally, including Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Until the summer 2007, Professor Johnson was Professor of Physics at Oxford University (U.K.), having first joined the faculty in 1992.

    Professor Johnson completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. He has published more than 200 research articles in international journals, and has published two books: “Financial Market Complexity” (Oxford University Press, 2003) and “Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory” (Oneworld Publishing, 2009). He is joint series editor for the book series “Complex Systems and Inter-disciplinary Science” by World Scientific Press, and is the Physics Section editor for the journal “Advances in Complex Systems.” He is associate editor for “Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination,” and is an Editorial Board member of “Journal of Computational Science.” He previously served as an editor of “International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance.” He was one of the founders of CABDyN (Complex Agent-Based Dynamical Systems), which is Oxford University’s interdisciplinary research center in Complexity Science, and he co-directed CABDyN until leaving for Miami in 2007. He continues to be a member of the CABDyN International Advisory Board at Oxford University. He also co-directed Oxford University’s Interdisciplinary Research Center in Financial Complexity.

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  • Manny Kadre is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MBB Auto Group and has served as a Trustee since 2004. He is a member of the Executive Committee as Chair of the Finance Committee and serves on the School of Law Visiting Committee. He earned his J.D. from Fordham University.  Read Full Bio ...
    Manny Kadre

    Manny Kadre, Esq.

    Fordham University J.D., 1991
    Iona College, B.A., 1988

    Manny Kadre is the chairman and chief executive officer of MBB Auto Group, a retail automotive group which owns, among other automotive assets, Mercedes-Benz of Brooklyn. Mr. Kadre has served as a senior executive, board member, and shareholder of a number of beverage, automotive, heath care, and real estate companies, where he has played key leadership roles in acquisition, and buyout activities, investment sourcing, resource allocation, asset oversight, company administration and led the organization, structuring, and financing of the companies’ acquisitions.

    Mr. Kadre is a lead independent director of MEDNAX (NYSE: MD), a publicly traded Company that is one of the nation’s leading providers of neonatal, maternal, fetal, and pediatric physician subspecialty and anesthesia physician services (member of the Audit and Chairman of the Compensation Committees). Mr. Kadre is a director of Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG), a publicly traded company which is an industry leader in U.S. non-hazardous solid waste and recycling. Mr. Kadre also serves as director of Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, one of the largest privately owned beverage distributors in the United States and previously served as a director of Crown Imports, LLC, a Chicago based joint venture that imports, distributes and markets the Modelo (Corona) beer portfolio and other fine beer brands throughout the entire United States prior to its sale as part of a $21 billion transaction between Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo.

    Mr. Kadre is a member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, the Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, the Southern District of Florida Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, the Orange Bowl Committee, and the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board. In addition, he has served on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Transition Team, Florida Governor Crist’s Transition Team, as Finance Co-Chairman on the John McCain for President Campaign, Miami Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, Knight Foundation Advisory Board, Board of Directors of Florida Free Trade Area of the Americas, Miami International Airport Blue Ribbon Aviation Panel, Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association, and chairman of the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Mr. Kadre has been a co-recipient of the Pro Bono Service Award from the Florida Supreme Court.

    Mr. Kadre was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 2004. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees as chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the School of Law Visiting Committee. Mr. Kadre served on the University of Miami Hospital Board of Governors from 2007 to 2014.

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  • Stephen Nimer is the Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UM’s Miller School of Medicine, part of the UHealth System. A hematologist, molecular biologist, and bone marrow transplant physician, he previously held the Alfred P. Sloan Chair and served as Head of the Division of Hematologic Oncology, Vice Chairman for Faculty Development, and Chief of the Hematology Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for nearly 20 years. He earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  Read Full Bio ...
    Stephen D. Nimer

    Dr. Stephen D. Nimer

    University of Chicago (Pritzker), School of Medicine, M.D., 1979
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1975

    Stephen Nimer, a hematologist, molecular biologist, and bone marrow transplant physician, is currently the director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. Previously, Dr. Nimer worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York for nearly 20 years, where he held the Alfred P. Sloan Chair and served as head of the Division of Hematologic Oncology, vice chairman for Faculty Development, and chief of the Hematology Service. He also served as a member of Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, an attending physician at Memorial Hospital, and a professor of medicine and pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He completed training in Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine, and joined the faculty there in 1986, before moving to Memorial Sloan-Kettering in 1993.

    Over the years, Dr. Nimer has conducted extensive clinical and basic science research into the treatment and genetic basis of adult leukemia and bone marrow failure states, defining the regulatory mechanisms that control the production of blood cells and exploring ways to improve the treatment of blood based cancers. He has authored over 200 scientific publications and has received numerous awards for his research, including the prestigious Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award.

    Dr. Nimer was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigators at age 42 and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He serves on the editorial board of several medical journals and on the medical boards of the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation, the Bone Marrow Foundation, and other foundations. Dr. Nimer is also the chair of the Medical Advisory Board of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

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  • Jorge M. Pérez is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Related Group of Florida. He has served as a UM Trustee since 2000, is a member of the Investments Committee of the Board of Trustees, and chairs the School of Architecture Visiting Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from C.W. Post College and an M.S. from the University of Michigan.  Read Full Bio ...
    Jorge M. Pérez

    Jorge M. Pérez

    University of Michigan, M.S., 1976
    C.W. Post College, B.A., 1972

    Jorge Pérez is the founder, chairman and CEO of The Related Group, America’s leading developer of sophisticated metropolitan living and the largest multi-family real estate development firm. In August 2005, Time magazine named Mr. Pérez, one of the top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States. The Related Group is the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States.

    While The Related Group is best known for its luxury high-rise developments and visionary mixed-use urban centers, Mr. Pérez made his first impact on South Florida’s affordable housing market. He started out in the late 1970s, building in neighborhoods like Miami’s Little Havana and Homestead. Even then, his attention to detail and commitment to creating quality living environments distinguished him within the marketplace.

    His passion for vibrant urban centers is refl cted in his community involvement in the arts and cultural affairs. An avid collector of Latin American art, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Miami Art Museum, which now bears his name, and spearheaded the capital campaign for its new Museum Park location in Miami’s Bicentennial Park. Mr. Pérez also serves a vice chair on the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, a director of the Miami Film Festival, and a member of Miami Downtown Development Authority Board. He was recently profiled in Departures magazine.

    He has received numerous awards for his professional and philanthropic achievements, including Builder of the Year, from Multifamily Executive, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the Hispanic Achievement & Business Entrepreneurship Award from Hispanic Magazine, Champion of the Community Spirit Award from The Wellness Community, Citizen of the Year from The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Sand In My Shoes Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for his commitment to the South Florida community, and Developer of the Year from several other associations and publications. In 2008, Mr. Pérez received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from C.W. Post, Long Island University. Most recently, Mr. Pérez was awarded the Icon in Real Estate Award of Excellence at MIPIM in Cannes, France, the only American developer ever to have been honored with such a prestigious award.

    Mr. Pérez was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 2000. He currently serves as a member of the Board’s Investments Committee and chairs the School of Architecture Visiting Committee. The Jorge M. Pérez Architecture Center, designed by renowned architect Leon Krier, bears Mr. Pérez’s name.

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  • Isaac Prilleltensky is Dean of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami and the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. He received his M.A. in clinical child psychology from Tel Aviv University and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Manitoba.  Read Full Bio ...
    Isaac Prilleltensky

    Isaac Prilleltensky

    University of Manitoba, Ph.D., 1989
    Tel Aviv University, M.A., 1983
    Bar Ilan Unviersity, B.A., 1980

    Isaac Prilleltensky was appointed dean of the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development in July 2006. He previously served as professor of Human and Organizational Development and director of the Ph.D. program in Community Research and Action at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

    While working as a school psychologist, he discovered the social origins of child and family problems and soon became a community psychologist. He has written or co-edited seven books on community psychology and mental health. He is now leading an interdisciplinary team developing assessments and online interventions to promote health and wellness.

    From 2000 to 2002, Dean Prilleltensky served as research chair in Psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, and prior to that, he directed the community psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action. In 2002, he was invited to be a fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Contribution Award for Theory and Research from the Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

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  • E. Roe Stamps, IV is Founding Managing Partner of the private investment company Summit Partners. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School after earning degrees in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. He has served as UM Trustee since 2003, and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Visiting Committee of the Frost School of Music. He and his wife, Penny, serve as vice chairs for Momentum2.  Read Full Bio ...
    E. Roe Stamps

    E. Roe Stamps, IV

    Harvard Business School, M.B.A., 1974
    Georgia Institute of Technology, M.I.E., 1972
    Georgia Institute of Technology, B.I.E., 1967

    Roe Stamps co-founded Summit Partners in 1984 and has served as a director of many public and private companies. His past directorships include AmeriPath, Boca Research, First Marketing Company, Intercommunity Cancer Centers of America, Pediatrix Medical Group, Sunrise Medical, and Telebit Corporation.

    Prior to Summit, Mr. Stamps was a general partner at TA Associates, a senior investment manager at First Chicago Investment Corporation, and an associate with The Palmer Organization. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A., with second-year Honors, from the Harvard Business School.

    Mr. Stamps is a member of the boards for the Georgia Tech Foundation, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the John S. and the James L. Knight Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is former chairman and treasurer of the Ocean Reef Club, commodore of the Key Largo Anglers Club, and a member of numerous corporate and civic boards.

    Mr. Stamps was elected to the University of Miami Board of Trustees in 2003 and is currently a member of the Board’s Finance Committee and the Frost School of Music Visiting Committee. Mr. Stamps, along with his wife, Penny, serve as vice chairs of the Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. The E. Roe Stamps Baseball Pitcher Endowed Scholarship Fund and the UM Frost School of Music’s Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series are named in his honor.

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  • As previously noted, Aileen M. Ugalde , Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the University, has been designated the Executive Director of the Presidential Search Committee. Aileen joined the University in 1994 and earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her law degree from UM.

Now that the committee has been appointed, the search process will begin promptly with the selection of an executive consulting firm by the search committee and the initiation of an outreach effort to engage various constituencies throughout the campuses and our community, starting with our Faculty Consultative Committee. Recognizing the pivotal and expansive role the University plays in South Florida and beyond, the search committee will seek input from a wide range of stakeholders that will be invaluable in developing a comprehensive and visionary leadership profile and which will serve as a starting point in identifying a broad and diverse pool of highly qualified applicants. We will endeavor to have a successor appointed by the end of the academic year.

We will provide you with periodic updates on the selection process. If you wish to submit the name of a candidate or have suggestions concerning the search process, please contact Aileen M. Ugalde, Office of General Counsel, 1320 South Dixie Highway, Suite 1250, Gables One Tower, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Telephone: (305) 284-2700; Fax: (305) 284-5063; or email: augalde@miami.edu.

I am confident the committee will identify an exceptional new leader to succeed President Shalala, under whose guidance the University of Miami has made momentous gains. We now need to build on our strong academic and financial foundation and achieve even greater heights. I am grateful for all of your support and look forward to a successful search.