Academic/Campus Life

FAU Appoints New Dean of Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Florida Atlantic University has appointed Ellen S. Goldey, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, effective Monday, Aug. 1.

Ellen S. Goldey, Ph.D.


By Cara Perry | 7/20/2016

Florida Atlantic University has appointed Ellen S. Goldey, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, effective Monday, Aug. 1. Goldey comes to FAU from Wofford College, where she was the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in biology and previously served for five years as chair of its Department of Biology.

As dean of FAU’s Wilkes Honors College, Goldey will work to enhance the College’s academic reputation, expand the College’s enrollment, and develop additional external funding sources. Established in 1999, the Wilkes Honors College offers a residential liberal arts and sciences experience to undergraduates on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

“The university is thrilled to welcome Dean Goldey.” said FAU’s Provost Gary W. Perry. “She will be a key component of our engagement in world class research and education at the Honors College and the Jupiter campus.”

In the coming years, Goldey also will play an influential role in the work that is underway with the University’s Jupiter Life Sciences Initiative, as FAU collaborates with the global research institutes that are co-located on the MacArthur Campus. The Campus is home to the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) – the first and only one of the Max Planck Society’s 83 scientific institutes located in North America. Additionally, the Campus serves as east coast headquarters for the Scripps Research Institute. Both MPFI and Scripps Florida offer collaborative research opportunities for the University’s undergraduate students and faculty members.

Goldey had been a member of the Wofford faculty for more than 20 years. Prior to that, she was a toxicologist for the US Environmental Protection Agency. Goldey earned a doctorate and a master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South.

A nationally recognized expert in undergraduate research programs in the area of life sciences, Goldey has served as the primary investigator for several grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and private foundations. In 2012, leaders at the NSF, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health selected Goldey as one of 40 leadership fellows for the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education.

For more information about the FAU Wilkes Honors College, visit www.honorscollege.edu.

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