Leadership and Professional Development Initiatives

Leadership Team


Dr. Jenny Bloom | Provost Fellow, Leadership and Professional Development  | bloomj@fau.edu

Jenny Bloom is the Provost Fellow for Leadership and Professional Development in addition to her roles as Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s degree program in Higher Education Leadership at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Jenny also founded the Office of Appreciative Education at FAU. Before coming to FAU in August 2015, she served on the faculty at the University of South Carolina (USC). Prior to her appointment at USC in 2007, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.

Jenny received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois. She has co-authored six books and numerous articles that are centered on her work with Appreciative Advising, Appreciative Administration, and Appreciative Education.


Darren Pikul | Graduate Intern, Provost Fellow for Leadership and Professional Development

Darren Pikul has returned to the Provost's office after working here in the Spring 2019 semester as a Graduate Intern. He now works in the Provost's office as a Graduate Intern with the newly created Leadership & Professional Development Initiative. At FAU, Darren is a second year Master's student in the Higher Education Leadership program and also serves as the Director of the Graduate & Professional Student Association.

Darren previously attended Onondaga Community College where he earned his Associates degree in Business Administration, and he attended SUNY Oneonta where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. At both institutions is where he learned of his higher education passion areas such as student success, equity, and effective policy making. He plans to bring to these passion areas to his roles at FAU in the Provost's office and onward.

Bryan Hursh | Undergraduate Intern, Provost Fellow for Leadership and Professional Development

Bryan Hursh is a senior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in communication studies. Born and raised in South Florida, he serves as the Undergraduate Student Assistant to Dr. Jenny Bloom, the Provost Fellow for Leadership and Professional Development. He also holds a role as the Student Coordinator for Commuter Student Services and First-Year Connections, Desk Assistant for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and a seat on the Student Conduct Board. Once Bryan graduates with his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, he will pursue a maters in Higher Education.

 Last Modified 1/23/20