Signatures

General Notice

FAU regulations and policies provide that the FAU President is the chief executive officer responsible for the organization, operation and administration of the Florida Atlantic University and its constituent units (colleges, divisions, departments, programs, etc., collectively, the “FAU System”). The President's authority includes the approval and execution of all documents on behalf of the University consistent with law, Board of Governors and Board of Trustees resolutions, regulations and policies (“Applicable Legal Authorities”), and in the best interest of the University. Such documents may include contracts, agreements, letters of understanding, and other items regarding legal assurances, commitments, and obligations on behalf of the University. See FAU Policy 11.1.

No person, except as provided elsewhere by the Applicable Legal Authorities or as delegated by the University President, or sub-delegated from such designees, as listed below, is authorized to enter into any agreement, obligation, program, or other legally-enforceable commitment which purports to bind the FAU System. FAU officers, employees, volunteers, affiliates, students, or other persons who do not have signature authority pursuant to this policy or Applicable Legal Authorities and who sign contracts or other documents of agreement or commitment that purport to bind the FAU System may be held personally responsible and liable for any unauthorized signatures.

All contracts, including electronic (a/k/a click-through), must be submitted to the Office of the General Counsel for review and approval as to form and legality prior to execution by an authorized University official. Sufficient time must be allowed for the General Counsel’s office and the authorized signing authorities to review and process all contracts so that proper legal review and document execution can be accomplished prior to the commencement of contemplated activities and expiration of deadlines.

These lists do not apply to signature authority on behalf of FAU direct-support organizations, foundations, alumni associations, college advisory boards, or other related but separate entities. Signature authority for such entities shall be governed by each organization’s own signature delegations. For example, please view the FAU Foundation Policies.

 

Authority Delegated by Policy

In FAU Policy 11.1, the President delegated to the following University officials the authority to sign certain contracts and other documents, subject to the Applicable Legal Authorities (as defined in the Policy), effective as of April 1, 2021:

NAME SCOPE OF AUTHORITY
Stacy Volnick
Vice President of Administrative Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer and Interim Vice President of Financial Affairs
Authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision and all contracts that involve the fiscal affairs of the FAU System.
Dr. Bret Danilowicz
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision and all contracts relating to academic affairs including, without limitation, all instructional, internship, and other educational and clinical affiliation, services, and training contracts received on behalf of the FAU System.
Dr. Daniel Flynn
Vice President of Research
The Vice President for Research, or designee(s), including the Director of Sponsored Research, is authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision including, without limitation, research contracts, solicitations and acceptances of research grants, representations and certifications incidental to research contracts and grants, agreements related to intellectual property, and use of the sponsored research exemption.
Miriam Campo
Assistant Vice President for Research, Sponsored Programs
Authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision including, without limitation, research contracts, solicitations and acceptances of research grants, representations and certifications incidental to research contracts and grants, agreements related to intellectual property, and use of the sponsored research exemption.
Stacy Volnick
Vice President of Administrative Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer 
The Vice President for Administrative Affairs, or designee(s), is authorized to approve and execute contracts within his or her area of supervision and all contracts that involve the business and administrative operations of the FAU System, including without limitation, authorized capital outlay projects and related services.

Peter Hull
Vice President, Public Affairs

 

Authorized to approve and execute contracts in his/her respective area of supervision, with financial implications not to exceed Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000).
David S. Green
Interim Co-Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Authorized to approve and execute contracts in his/her respective area of supervision, with financial implications not to exceed Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000).
David L. Kian
Vice President of Legal Affairs & General Counsel
Authorized to approve and execute all contracts for legal and related services and all legal and governance compliance certifications on behalf of the FAU System. Additionally, as a Vice President, authorized to approve and execute contracts in his/her respective area of supervision, with financial implications not to exceed Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000).
Brian White
Vice President & Director of Athletics
Authorized to approve and execute all game contracts for intercollegiate athletics contests, with financial implications not to exceed Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000). Additionally, as a Vice President, authorized to approve and execute contracts in his/her respective area of supervision, with financial implications not to exceed Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000).
Dr. Larry Faerman
Acting Vice President, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
As a Vice President, authorized to approve and execute contracts in his/her respective area of supervision, with financial implications not to exceed Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000). Further authorized to review and approve facilities use agreements for the use of University space by third parties for limited purposes and events.
Melody Thelwell
Director of Procurement
Authorized to approve and execute all contracts for the FAU System for licenses, the acquisition or provision of commodities, goods, equipment, and services, and leases of real and personal property rendered to or by the FAU System.
Amy Kornblau
Interim Dean of the University Library
Authorized to approve and execute purchase orders for the acquisition of copyrighted and single source instruction materials, tapes, publications, manuscripts, films and personal library collections acquired from library resource funds.
Audrey L. Pusey
Interim Dean of Students
Authorized to review and approve facilities use agreements for the use of University space by third parties for limited purposes and events.
Numa Rais
Director, Design & Construction Services
Authorized to review and approve facilities use agreements for the use of University space by third parties for limited purposes and events.

 

Subdelegated Signature Authority

FAU Policy 11.1 allows for the above designees to subdelegate their signature authority.  All such delegations, whether temporary or long-term in nature, must be in writing. Copies of all such written designations are retained in the General Counsel’s Office and are linked below. All designees who have been delegated such authority are listed in the chart below, effective as of April 1, 2021.

AUTHORIZED SIGNATORY: DELEGATED BY: SCOPE OF AUTHORITY:
Stacy Volnick
Vice President, Administrative Affairs, Chief Administrative Officer
John Kelly 
President
Human Resource matters pertaining to departments and divisions that report to the Vice President for Administrative Affairs or that pertain to Volnick herself are excluded from this delegation.
Jason Ball
Associate Provost, Chief Information Officer
Gary Perry
Former Provost, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Delegated signature authority limited to all FCC and related license applications, renewals and other similar actions.
Myles Lathrop
Assistant General Counsel, Export Control Officer
John Kelly 
President
Signature authority for Division of Research export control related documents.
Desmond Gallant
Chair & Associate Professor, Dept. of Theater & Dance; Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Gary Perry
Former Provost, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Delegated authorized signature for all contracts under $1000 to pay actors, playwrights, and other theatre external artists from the Theatre Lab Foundation account HUM802. NOTE: This request just allows for the actual contract which was developed with the Office of General Counsel to be signed by Desmond Gallant. Currently each contract has to be routed through the General Counsel Office for signature. The check request will still route from the Department of Theatre & Dance to the Dean's Office of Arts & Letters for signature and approval prior to routing to the FAU Foundation for payment.
Michele Hawkins
Vice Provost
Gary Perry
Former Provost, Vice President, Academic Affairs
As the designee of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, this signatory is authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision and all contracts relating to academic affairs including, without limitation, all instructional, internship, and other educational and clinical affiliation, services, and training contracts received on behalf of the FAU System.
Karin Scarpinato
Associate Vice President, Research
Dr. Daniel Flynn
Vice President of Research
As the designee of the Vice President for Research, this signatory is authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision including, without limitation, research contracts, solicitations and acceptances of research grants, representations and certifications incidental to research contracts and grants, agreements related to intellectual property, and use of the sponsored research exemption. Human Resource matters pertaining to Dr. Karin Scarpinato herself are excluded from this delegation.
Art Kite
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Atwater 
Former Vice President, Financial Affairs Chief Financial Officer
As the designee of the Chief Financial Officer, this signatory is authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision and all contracts that involve the fiscal affairs of the FAU System.
Jessica Cohen
Associate Vice President, Financial Affairs, Controller
Jeff Atwater 
Former Vice President, Financial Affairs, Chief Financial Officer
As the designee of the Chief Financial Officer, this signatory is authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision and all contracts that involve the fiscal affairs of the FAU System.
Miriam Campo
Assistant Vice President for Research, Sponsored Programs
John Kelly 
President
Delegated signature authority for all Division of Research contracts and grants.
Russ L. Ivy
Senior Associate Provost
Dr. Bret Danilowicz
Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
As the designee of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, this signatory is authorized to approve and execute all contracts within his or her area of supervision and all contracts relating to academic affairs including, without limitation, all instructional, internship, and other educational and clinical affiliation, services, and training contracts received on behalf of the FAU System.
Tracy Vuong
Associate Director, Sponsored Programs
John Kelly 
President
Delegated signature authority for all Division of Research contracts and grants.
Nancy Thoman
Director, Sponsored Programs
John Kelly 
President
Delegated signature authority for all Division of Research contracts and grants.
Muriel Industrious
Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs
John Kelly 
President
Delegated signature authority for all Division of Research contracts and grants.
Jeri Beel
Assistant Director, Contract Services, Sponsored Programs
John Kelly 
President
Delegated signature authority for all Division of Research contracts and grants.
Heather Saunders
Director, Research Accounting, Division of Research
John Kelly
President
Delegated signature authority for financial documents on sponsored awards, such as, Financial Reports, Invoices, Final Reports (DD882), Property Reports, Close-out forms and De-obligations that are prepared and submitted by the Research Accounting office in the Division of Research. Authority shall be executed in consultation with and under the supervision of the Vice President of Research, or in the absence of a person filling that position, in consultation with the President.
Deon Pottinger
Associate Director, Research Accounting, Division of Research
John Kelly
President
Authority for financial documents on sponsored awards, such as, Financial Reports, Invoices, Final Reports (DD882), Property Reports, Close-out forms and De-obligations that are prepared and submitted by the Research Accounting office in the Division of Research. Authority shall be executed in consultation with and under the supervision of the Vice President of Research, or in the absence of a person filling that position, in consultation with the President.
Corina Mavrodin
Coordinator, Space Utilization & Analysis
Numa Rais
Coordinator, Space Utilization & Analysis
Authority for
reviewing and approval of facilities use agreements for the use of University
space for third parties for events.
Patrice Cochran
Senior Award Administrator

John Kelly
President

Delegated signature authority for sponsored award related documents and requests which includes but are not limited to, Sponsor Inquiries or Requests, Just in Time (JIT}, Progress/Final Reports, Post-award Worksheets, Cost Sharing and SP Exemption forms that are prepared and/or submitted by the Office of Sponsored Programs in the Division of Research.