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FAU College of Education Names Joel Herbst as Assistant Dean

BOCA RATON, FL (July 6, 2012) – Joel D. Herbst, Ed.D., has joined Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education as assistant dean, PK-12 Schools and Educational Programs. Herbst will be responsible for administration, management, evaluation and budgetary concerns for A.D. Henderson University Schools, Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, Pine Jog Environmental Educational Center /Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, Karen Slattery Educational Research Center, and Troops to Teachers.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Herbst into the FAU family,” said Valerie J. Bristor, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Education. “His vast educational experience, including 18 years in leadership positions, provides a solid foundation for his oversight responsibilities of the Florida Atlantic University Schools.”

As assistant dean, Herbst’s responsibilities will include programmatic and budgetary control of the office functions and staff, evaluation of the staff, overseeing the preparation and management of entitlement and competitive grants, community engagement and networking, development support, public information support, PK-12 facilities reporting, planning and support, K-12 FTE projections, reporting and audits, PK-12 student records, PK-12 policy development and oversight, PK-12 intergovernmental relations and other special projects or initiatives engaging grades in the PK-12 sector.

“I am truly excited to work with the faculty and staff of the College of Education,” said Herbst. “I am looking forward to enhancing current program development and delivery.”

Herbst joined FAU from the Broward County School Board Office where he served as South Area Superintendent of Schools. He began teaching at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  Leadership positions have occupied 18 of his 21 years working in Florida’s education system. He has served on numerous committees and boards of education agencies including Florida Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators and the Florida Department of Education.

Herbst received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social science education from Nova Southeastern University. He continued at Nova to earn an educational specialist degree in educational leadership, and he earned a Doctorate of Education degree from FAU in 2003.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 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 and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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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