Planning and Finance Experts Join the U

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Jessica Brumley and Brandon Gilliland

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 3, 2017)—Jacqueline A. Travisano, executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer, has added two experienced university leaders to her team, Jessica Brumley, as vice president for facilities operations and planning, and Brandon Gilliland, as vice president and chief financial officer.

Brumley, who will oversee the departments of Real Estate, Campus Planning, Facilities Design and Construction, Facilities Administration, and Parking and Transportation, will join the University January 1 from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), where she is responsible for $140 million in operations and capital budgets.

She will bring to the U a wealth of experience in campus planning, having developed more than 1.6 million square feet of classroom, clinical, research, and simulation spaces at NSU and delivered critical support to NSU’s main campus and 20 satellite locations throughout South Florida and Puerto Rico. She also helped NSU develop and align its campus master plan with its academic mission.

“Jessica is a top professional and a formidable talent in campus planning and facilities management,” Travisano said. “She is going to be a tremendous asset and member of our senior team, and will provide the strategic vision and oversight to key services that enhance our academic, clinical, and research missions.”

A South Florida resident for 16 years, Brumley is eager to join an institution she has long admired from afar. “I am thrilled to be joining the ’Canes community, and I look forward to committing all of my efforts to achieving our shared goals and ambitions,” she said. “I am excited to work alongside the talented facilities and operations teams.”

Gilliland, who joins the U on December 18, will oversee the offices of the Treasurer, Controller, Budget and Planning, Business Services, and Supply Chain Services.

He brings more than 20 years of senior financial leadership experience from various settings, including a decade at Wake Forest University, where he led $500 million in financing activities, reduced the cost of borrowing capital, and improved investment income by 50 percent. He also implemented a number of best practices, including liquidity policies and procedures that were recognized by Standard & Poor’s as an industry best, and is actively engaged in the industry at the national, regional, state, and conference levels. He has served on many organizations, including the Research Universities Council and the Accounting Principles Council for the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Most recently, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference’s inaugural Enterprise Risk Management Summit earlier this year.

“Brandon is a senior financial professional who is not only an expert in the field, but is also actively engaged and widely respected in the industry,” Travisano said. “He is a superb addition to our team, and I am confident that Brandon will not only be a steward of all of the University’s financial resources, but he will build a strong, collaborative, University-wide team.”

Gilliland said he is excited to return to South Florida, where he worked earlier in his career, with his wife, Laura, and three teenaged children, Cara, Holly, and Alex.

“I am delighted and humbled to join the UM family, a community that is spirited and united in advancing the University’s mission,” Gilliand said. “UM has a stellar reputation and a very bright future, and I will enthusiastically support President Frenk, EVP Travisano, and other campus leaders in achieving the ambitious goals established to move the University forward as it approaches its centennial.”

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Applications Being Accepted for Faculty Fellow Positions in the Residential Colleges; Info Session on October 9

Applications are being accepted for faculty fellow positions on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. Reporting to the senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, the faculty fellow serves as a positive and visible member of a residential college.

Faculty fellows are full-time faculty who affiliate with a specific residence hall but do not reside in it. The primary role of the faculty fellow is to serve as an academic advocate and mentor for undergraduate students in the hall with which the fellow is affiliated. Faculty fellows will work closely with Residential Faculty and Housing and Residential Life staff to increase faculty-student engagement in the residential college and contribute to the development of an intentional intellectual community in the residential colleges.

An information session will be held Monday, October 9, at 12 p.m. in the Hecht Senior Residential Faculty apartment (Hecht Residential College #122).

In general terms, the faculty fellow will be expected to:

  • Host no fewer than two Office Hours per week in the residential college or in the dining hall.
  • Become knowledgeable about the Cognate General Education program and the curricular frameworks and basic requirements of the University’s nine undergraduate schools and colleges.
  • Advise students about their selection of cognates and the academic options in the different schools and colleges
  • Host two dinners with students per semester in a residential faculty apartment
  • Maintain a regular but informal presence in the residence  hall
  • Attend some Tuesday evening residential college staff meetings and senior staff meetings as needed.
  • Make a time commitment of 3-4 hours per week during the academic year.
  • Participate in faculty training as provided.
  • Provide an annual report of activities in the Residential College.
  • Report to the faculty master of their affiliate Residential College

Faculty fellows will be appointed for a one-year term, with the option of renewal. Their activities will be assessed at the end of the academic year. They will receive a $1,500 research stipend and a 5 meal-per-week meal plan.

Qualifications: Full-time faculty member; undergraduate teaching responsibilities preferred. Candidates should have a minimum of two to three years of university teaching experience and demonstrated experience in academic advising and mentoring.

Applicants should be student-centered, innovative, willing to collaborate with residence life staff, able to work with students and build sustainable links between curricular and co-curricular experiences, and have a knowledge and understanding of a large, urban research university.

Candidates also should be familiar with the University of Miami’s residential college system, the educational mission of the University, the issues facing today’s college students, and be able to relate and communicate with college students. They should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with students and residential college staff.

To Apply:

1) Submit a resume/CV

2) Submit a proposal no longer than three pages describing the following:

  1. a) strategies you would suggest to provide resident students with effective academic advising and academic mentoring;
  2. b) strategies you would suggest to create initiatives that have a defined educational purpose and that can achieve meaningful and assessable educational goals;
  3. c) how you would work effectively with other faculty in the residential colleges to improve student learning/academic success.

Completed applications must be received by Monday, October 30, and sent electronically to the attention of Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado at mmaldonado@miami.edu.

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Dipen J. Parekh Named Chief Clinical Officer

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Dipen Parekh, M.D.

Dipen Parekh, M.D.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 1, 2017)—Dipen J. Parekh, chair of the Department of Urology and director of robotic surgery, has been named chief clinical officer of the University of Miami Health System.

“Dr. Parekh is one of the world’s most experienced and innovative surgeons in robotic-assisted urologic oncology, and the perfect person to continue the critically important process of building and enhancing our medical practice,” Edward Abraham, acting executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth, said in his announcement last week.

As Abraham, who is also dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School of Medicine, noted, Parekh brought the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system to UHealth, leading it to the spectacular milestone this month of the 5,000th da Vinci procedure performed at University of Miami Hospital. Among the benefits of these procedures, Abraham said, are greater precision, smaller incisions, shorter recovery times, and improved patient outcomes.

Since joining the Miller School in 2012, Parekh, who holds the Victor A. Politano Endowed Chair in Urology and is a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has restructured the clinical, operational, and financial management of the Department of Urology, significantly increasing patient access to urology services while enhancing patient satisfaction.

His internationally acclaimed research is advancing treatment on many fronts, and he has shared those advances with surgeons around the world.

As chief clinical officer, Parekh will be in charge of all UHealth outpatient and inpatient services, and will work closely with all the chairs and clinical faculty to enhance the clinical enterprise.

His appointment, Abraham said, will give Thinh Tran, M.D., UHealth’s chief operations officer, more time to focus on the health system’s extensive operational issues.

“Working together, and with all of us, Dr. Parekh and Dr. Tran will accelerate our transformation to the health system we need to be in today’s rapidly changing environment,” Abraham said.


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Carl Schulman Appointed Executive Dean of Research at the Miller School

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Carl Schulman

Carl Schulman

Carl Schulman, professor of surgery, Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in Burns, and director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, has been appointed executive dean for research, Miller School Dean and Chief Academic Officer Edward Abraham announced last week.

In making the announcement, Abraham expressed his deep appreciation for Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., senior associate dean for research who had served in that role, for his multiple contributions to the Miller School’s research enterprise, and for taking on the additional responsibilities. He will continue to be an integral part of the research leadership as senior associate dean for research.

In his announcement, Abraham said:

Dr. Schulman has a long and distinguished history of service to the Miller School and the community. He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed training in general surgery and received additional training in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

He also received a Master of Science in Public Health and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Schulman has been involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education, and is currently the associate program director for the general surgery residency program. He has mentored many surgical residents and graduate students in his clinical laboratory, including serving in advisory roles for their MPH and Ph.D. thesis and dissertation work. He is the director of a federally funded international telemedicine program and leads the medical content creation team for the Defense Health Agency.

With research interests focusing on the epidemiology of burns and trauma, Dr. Schulman has been awarded grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Department of Defense and the CDC, among others. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer for numerous journals. He is currently the principal investigator for the BMW Crash Research Program at the University of Miami. Dr. Schulman was recently elected to the Burn Science Advisory Panel of the American Burn Association (ABA). This panel oversees all ABA-affiliated clinical trials, guiding and supporting all aspects of the clinical research enterprise. He is the principal investigator on a DOD-funded Phase 1 and 2 human clinical trial, which is the first trial to look at the use of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of deep second-degree burns.

Dr. Schulman has served on numerous University of Miami faculty and search committees, and was one of the inaugural recipients of the Miller School’s Citizenship Award. He was elected by the faculty and served as first vice speaker of the Medical School Faculty Council from 2008-2013 and then as speaker from 2013 to the present. He is also a member of Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami.


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Picking Florida’s Federal Judges

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Georgina Angones

Georgina Angones

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2017)—Florida’s two U.S. senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, have reappointed Miami Law’s Georgina A. Angones, assistant dean for law development and alumni relations, to the federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida.

University of Miami Trustee Manny Kadre, a businessman and lawyer who has served on the commission in the past, was also appointed to the commission, as its chair.

As JNC members, Angones and Kadre will help review applications, interview candidates, and recommend up to three nominees to fill each vacancy on the federal bench in the Southern District of Florida. Encompassing nine counties from Monroe to Indian River, the Southern District currently has four vacancies, which the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts considers emergencies because of the district’s heavy caseload.

“There is a shortage of judges so we’re going to be very busy,” said Angones, who earned her bachelor’s degree at UM in 1972 and has served in a number of capacities at the University since 1973.

That decision will ultimately rest with President Donald Trump, but Nelson and Rubio will have a say, too. Each of Florida’s three JNCs submit their recommendations to the senators, who can decide which names, if any, to forward to the White House for the president’s consideration.

Another UM alumnus, Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, B.B.A. ’96, has a major role in the judicial nominating process. In May, Rubio appointed him statewide chair of the commission, which in addition to the Southern District, oversees the nominating processes in Florida’s Middle and Northern federal court districts.

Angones, an active civic leader who is past chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, has served on the boards of the Miami Dade Public Library, The Archdiocese of Miami Vision 2000, Miami Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and the Junior League of Miami.

Kadre, the chief executive officer of MBB Auto Group, earned his law degree from Fordham Law School and was one of U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno’s earliest law clerks. A 1978 graduate of Miami Law, Moreno was president of the Student Bar Association during his time at UM.

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