Meet Our Team








Patrick Dempsey, MBA
Director, Center for Learning and Student Success

Patrick oversees all of the eSuccess programs in the Center for Learning and Student Success. He has been part of the FAU community for over ten years as a student, graduate assistant and professional staff member. Prior to joining eSuccess in 2015, he worked in the Department of Marketing in the FAU College of Business as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Patrick is an expert in online academic support services, especially technology literacy and online/hybrid tutoring programs. Patrick earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at FAU. He is proud to be an owl and grateful for the opportunity to serve his alma mater. When he isn't working, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, enjoying the outdoors, and experiencing different cultures' cuisines.



Comfort Olugbuyi, Ed.D. 

Associate Director for eSuccess  

Comfort recently joined the FAU community in Fall 2022 as the Associate Director of eSuccess where she supports all the eSuccess programs in the Center for Learning and Student Success. Prior to joining FAU, she oversaw Disability services and Academic support initiatives as well as academic advising assistance for Palm Beach Atlantic University for over ten years. Comfort recently earned her Doctorate in Education, from Bethel University in 2021 focusing on the college perspective of students’ taking developmental course work. Previously earned degrees included a Master of Arts in Youth and Family Services from John Brown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Comfort is grateful to be an Owl and excited to blend over 15 years of higher education knowledge and experiences with the amazing students at Florida Atlantic University. When she is not on a college campus, Comfort enjoys volunteering in her community, line dancing, watching musicals , and power lifting.  









Amarae` Blyden-Richards, MBA
eSuccess Student Services Manager

Amarae`  Blyden-Richards joined Florida Atlantic University in 2010. Throughout her tenure in academia, Amarae`  gained extensive experience in academic advising, student services, recruitment, admissions, student advocacy, and academic affairs. With a commitment to providing excellent student services and holistic advising experiences, she was awarded the FAU Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Advising Award in 2013.  Amarae`  earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of the Virgin Islands and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Amarae`  believes that cultivating collaborative relationships across the university and connecting students with resources, advances student persistence and enhances academic performance. By providing meaningful and personalized support services, we help students stay on track academically, allowing them to ultimately achieve their career goals and full potential.