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FAU Names Joanne Davis Assistant Vice President for Development and Outreach; Scott Silversten Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing

BOCA RATON, FL (August 1, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University has named Joanne Davis as assistant vice president for development and outreach, and Scott Silversten as assistant vice president for communications and marketing. Davis and Silversten will provide leadership within FAU's office of community engagement, which encompasses all alumni relations, fundraising, and communications activities.

Davis will join the University on August 13. She is currently executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society serving South Florida, Southwest Florida and Puerto Rico. Davis has more than 22 years of experience in fundraising, board and volunteer development, legislative advocacy, and non-profit leadership and management.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the dynamic FAU team," Davis said. "I look forward to working with the students, faculty, alumni and supporters of this great university."

Davis' career includes roles as president/CEO of Gilda's Club of South Florida and director of annual giving at Kids In Distress. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and was named Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year in Broward County in 2005 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Davis also serves as president of the Broward Women's Alliance, an organization that promotes opportunities and acceptance of women in positions of leadership.

Silversten joined FAU on July 16 after serving as director of communications and marketing at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill. Silversten has spent the past six years of his 15-year career in higher education, providing hands-on leadership in the areas of marketing, public relations, media relations and social media for SUNY Cobleskill and Manhattan College.

"It is a tremendously exciting time to be part of the FAU community," Silversten said. "With a growing and diverse student body, new facilities, and an expanding research portfolio, the University continues to build on its history while establishing new traditions."


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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