FAU Honors 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee & Distinguished Alumni
The Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association (FAUAA) hosted its annual Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni ceremony and reception recently.The event brought together alumni to celebrate the accomplishments of their most outstanding peers. Alumni from seven of FAU’s colleges were honored for their career accomplishments, and Arthur C. Brooks, Ph.D., M.A.’94, a graduate of the College of Business, was introduced as the 2019 inductee into the FAUAA Hall of Fame.
Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He began his career as a classical musician, leaving college at 19 to perform with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later, the City Orchestra of Barcelona. After 12 years in music, he returned to school, earning his bachelor’s in economics at Thomas Edison State College and master’s degree in economics at FAU in 1994.
He later received a MPhil and Ph.D. in public policy analysis at The RAND Graduate School. While in graduate school, he worked as an analyst with the Rand Corporation’s Project Air Force. Brooks then spent 10 years as a university professor, becoming a full professor by his seventh year and occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He holds six honorary doctorates. This summer, Brooks will leave AEI to join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.
Representing seven of FAU’s colleges are the following distinguished alumni:
- Janelle K. Sarauw, B.A. ’07, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
- Raphael Clemente, B.A. ’95, CRT ’96, MURP ’02, College for Design and Social Inquiry
- Keith R. Oslwald, M.Ed. ’96, EDS ’01, College of Education
- Kirk E. Jenne, B.S. ’84, College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Olsi Gjyshi, Ph.D., B.A. ’10, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
- Karen A. Grimley, Ph.D. ’15, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
- Avis Proctor, MPT ’94, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science