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Newly Appointed Chair of FAU Medical School Advisory Board, Dr. Michael Dennis, Makes $100,000 Gift

BOCA RATON,  FL (May 24, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine recently received a gift of $100,000 from Dr. Michael T.B. Dennis. Dennis was appointed chairman of the advisory board for the College of Medicine in April.

"We are extremely grateful to Dr. Dennis for his generosity and are pleased to induct him into our Founder's Circle," said Dr. Michael Friedland, dean and vice president for medical programs at FAU. "His guidance as advisory board chair and this wonderful gift will help the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine make its mark as the first medical school in Palm Beach County."

Dennis has been a long-time champion for FAU's new medical school. In addition to serving on the board, he and his wife, Phyllis, hosted a fundraising event in April to celebrate the College's preliminary accreditation.

"As the future of medicine in South Florida, FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its students deserve the full attention of our community," said Dennis. "I feel strongly that leadership calls for action, and I hope that others will be inspired to join me in supporting FAU and its medical school."

Dennis has a long history of philanthropy. He spent nearly 30 years traveling the world to provide pro bono reconstructive surgery services for amputees, people with birth defects and victims of accidents. Dennis also is a founding member of the Palm Beach County Medical Society's 1919 Society, a charitable organization that works to meet the needs of the community. Additionally, he founded the Nurse Practitioner/Physician's Assistant Program while completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, and served on President Reagan's Health Manpower Commission and Medical Practice Act Committee. Dennis' education includes a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.D. from the University of Florida, with externships at Johns Hopkins and Guy's Hospital in London.

For additional information about supporting the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, visit, or contact Kari Oeltjen at 561-297-2510 or


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU's world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit .

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