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Coordinates: 26°22′10″N 80°06′20″W 26.3692921, -80.1056421


Florida Atlantic University

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      • 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America
    • Telephone Numbers: 561-297-3000
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In 1989, the Florida Legislature recognized demands for higher education in South Florida by designating Florida Atlantic as the lead state university serving Broward County. To fill this role, the university would establish a campus in Dania Beach in 1997 and another campus in the City of Davie in western Broward County in 1990. Florida Atlantic later purchased 50 acres (0.2 km²) of land in Port St. Lucie in 1994 to establish a campus on the Treasure Coast. This would be the institution's fifth campus. The university continued its expansion in 1999 when it opened its Jupiter Campus, named for the late John D. MacArthur. This campus currently houses the university's honors college. [1]

Florida Atlantic has changed dramatically since its opening in 1964. As of 2007, there are approximately 26,000 students attending classes on seven campuses spread across 120 miles (193 km). The university consists of nine colleges and employs more than 3,600 faculty and staff. The university's endowment has also grown to $168 million, making it the fourth largest in the state. Florida Atlantic is merging with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) to become the HBOI at FAU. To bring HBOI into the university family, in 2007 the Florida Legislature allocated $44 million to Florida Atlantic to acquire the institution. Since its founding, the university has been led by five presidents. The fifth, Frank T. Brogan, assumed office in 2003 after resigning his position as the Florida Lieutenant Governor. The past university presidents are Dr. Anthony J. Catanese, Dr. Helen Popovich, Dr. Glenwood Creech, and Dr. Kenneth Rast Williams. [1]

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