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Richard D. Fain Named Chair of UM’s Board of Trustees


Richard D. Fain Named Chair of UM’s Board of Trustees

Hilarie Bass reinstalled as vice chair, H.T. Smith named vice chair, and Noor Joudi appointed student trustee

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Outgoing UM Board of Trustees Chair Stuart A. Miller, left, passes the gavel of leadership to Richard D. Fain at Friday's BOT meeting.

Outgoing UM Board of Trustees Chair Stuart A. Miller, left, passes the gavel of leadership to Richard D. Fain at Friday’s BOT meeting.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 13, 2016) – Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., has been named the new chair of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees, beginning a two-year term for the body responsible for governing one of the top private research institutions in the nation.

Fain, who had served as vice chair of the board since 2014, succeeds Stuart A. Miller as chair. He was elected to his new post on Friday during a BOT meeting at which UM School of Law alumna Hilarie Bass was reinstalled as vice chair, prominent Miami lawyer H.T. Smith was elected as a new vice chair, and Noor Joudi was named student trustee.

A UM trustee since 1997, Fain chaired the presidential search committee that named Julio Frenk UM’s sixth president last year. He currently serves on the board’s Executive Committee and also chairs the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Visiting Committee.

“I had the opportunity to work closely with Richard Fain in his role as chair of the Presidential Search Committee that brought me on board,” said President Frenk, “and I look forward to working even closer with him as he assumes his new leadership responsibilities.”

Fain became Royal Caribbean’s chairman and CEO in 1988. Royal Caribbean’s partnership with the Rosenstiel School fully funds the scientific research program on the cruise line’s Explorer of the Seas, the first ever cruise ship outfitted with ocean and atmospheric science laboratories.

Fain also has generously donated to the Rosenstiel School’s Scientific Dive Center and the UM Hillel building campaign fund.

A co-chair of the United Way Campaign, he is a member of the National Conference for Community and Justice and serves on the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council, the Posse Foundation, and the Florida Council of 100. Among his distinguished awards and honors are winning the Ultimate CEO Award from the South Florida Business Journal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition Organization, and the French Legion of Honor.

Fain received his bachelor’s in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.

Outgoing UM Board Chair Stuart A. Miller, J.D. ’82, has served as a trustee since 2002 and was appointed chair in 2014. Miller is a legacy trustee who followed in his family’s footsteps, which are deeply rooted at the University. His late father, Leonard M. Miller, served as chair of UM’s Board of Trustees from 1995-99 and was active on the board until his death in 2002.

“I am very grateful to Stuart Miller for his guidance and friendship during my transition into the presidency and for his tireless advocacy, relentless enthusiasm, and generous support of this University and our community,” said President Frenk.

An innovative and renowned business leader whose family has had an indelible impact on UM, Miller is chief executive officer and a director of Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. He served as the Miller School of Medicine’s chair of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, and is the standard-bearer of his family’s outstanding tradition of generosity and commitment to UM. With a landmark gift of $100 million in 2004, the largest gift from a family in the University’s history at the time, UM’s School of Medicine was renamed the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in his father’s honor. In 2014, The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, gave a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth ambulatory center, which will open in Fall 2016 as UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

The Miller family’s long-standing commitments have also extended to the enrichment of Judaic culture and studies through the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and a naming gift to build the new Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life at UM Hillel. Stuart Miller is also a generous supporter of the UM School of Law and Hurricane Athletics.

Vice Chairs

Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81, has served as a trustee since 2003 and was elected vice chair in 2014. She also served on the Presidential Search Committee to select UM’s new president in 2015. Bass is co-president of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP., and has completed an eight-year term as the national chair of the firm’s 600-member litigation department and serves on its Executive Committee. In 2014, the UM School of Law’s popular courtyard was renamed the “Hilarie Bass Bricks” in her honor after a commitment of $1 million. Bass also served as a member of the School of Law’s Visiting Committee and was co-chair of the law school’s Momentum2 Campaign Committee as well as the School of Education and Human Development’s campaign chair.

H.T. Smith, J.D. ’73, founded H.T. Smith, P.A., a private law firm specializing in personal injury, civil rights, and criminal defense, in 1981. A trustee since 2004, he is a former chair of the Student Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Professor Robert H. Waters Memorial Fund at the School of Law, and serves on the law school’s Visiting Committee and on the board’s Audit and Compliance Committee. He received the UM School of Law Center for Ethics in Public Service Lawyers in Leadership Award in 2003 and the UM Law Alumni Association Henry Latimer Professionalism Award in 2007.

Student Trustee

Noor Joudi is the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine president for 2016-17. An M.D. candidate in the Class of 2018, she received a bachelor’s of science degree in biology, summa cum laude, in 2015.



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Community Leader Stanley Arkin Passes Away

Stanley Arkin

Stanley Arkin

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CORAL GABLES. Fla. (August 27, 2025)—Stanley Arkin, a lifelong Hurricane, civic leader, and volunteer who chaired the board of governors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital (ABLEH), passed away August 22, leaving an enduring mark on the institutions and community he loved. He was 82.

A 1953 graduate of the University of Miami, Arkin was a life member of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees. As chairman of ABLEH’s board of governors from 1995 to earlier this year, he oversaw initiatives that resulted in the expansion of the hospital’s surgical suites and the renovation of its patient care areas, lobby, and waiting rooms.

“Stanley will never be forgotten at Bascom Palmer,” said Eduardo Alfonso, chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “He provided guidance and wisdom to all of us who had the good fortune to work with him.  First as a volunteer, and then as chairman of the board of governors, he dedicated his heart, time, and energy to the institute that he loved.”

As president of Arkin Construction, Arkin built many projects in South Florida, including parts of Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Miami Beach Hilton, and the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center. After his retirement, he formed Arkin Consulting and worked on such projects as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Braman Management, and Jungle Island. He also served on the Miami Beach City Commission from 1984 to 1991.

“Stanley Arkin was just a wonderful human being with a passion for Bascom Palmer and a life member of the Board of Trustees,” former UM President Donna E. Shalala told The Miami Herald. “He was always the first to volunteer.”

Arkin was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jill, who often accompanied him to Bascom Palmer and was known for her grace and elegance. He is survived by their three sons, Bradley, Robert and Gregory; three grandchildren; and his brother Jules.

Donations in Arkin’s memory may be sent to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, to the attention of the Development Department, 900 NW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33136.





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UM Trustee Appointed to National Panel on Airport Scanners

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UM Trustee Appointed to National Panel on Airport Scanners

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Edward Dauer

Dr. Edward A. Dauer

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (February 6, 2015)—University of Miami Trustee and triple alumnus Dr. Edward A. Dauer, a distinguished diagnostic radiologist in the community and research associate professor of biomedical engineering, radiology, and family medicine at UM, has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences’ special advisory panel on the safety of ultrasound scanners used to screen passengers in airports across the nation.

As a member of the scientific committee on the millimeter wave machines, Dauer, the director of radiology at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, will review how the Department of Homeland Security and equipment manufacturers estimate the level of non-ionizing millimeter wave radiation exposures that air travelers are exposed to when scanned by the advanced imaging technology. These screening machines are in use at approximately 160 airports across the nation. Unlike x-ray scanners, which use ionizing radiation that can break bonds in living cells, millimeter wave machines use low-energy, non-ionizing, radio frequency waves to detect weapons, explosives, or other hidden objects.

Appointed by Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council, the committee is also charged with evaluating whether traveler and operator exposures to non-ionizing radiation meet health and safety standards, and whether the design, and the operating and maintenance procedures for ultrasound machines are appropriate for preventing over exposure.

“It is encouraging that an independent panel of scientists and researchers will be able to study and evaluate objective scientific data to assess the safety of this imaging technology and to protect the traveling public,” Dauer said.

James Tien, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, said he immediately thought of recommending Dauer for the expert panel when he learned about the upcoming study of millimeter wave screeners. “As both an engineer and a medical doctor, he is uniquely qualified to be a member of the study committee,” Tien said. “Obviously, NAS President Dr. Ralph Cicerone was equally impressed with Dr. Dauer’s qualifications.”

Chaired by Kathryn V. Logan, the principal research engineer emerita at Georgia Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the 14-member panel’s report is due next year.

Dauer, the first undergraduate at UM to study biomedical engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1972, his medical degree in 1975, and his master’s in biomedical engineering in 2001. His current academic work at UM includes medical physiology, unified medical sciences, radiation physics, and radiation biology. He established the new research lab in scanning electron microscopy at the College of Engineering and is working on electron microscopy analysis of biomedical devices and tissue engineering. He also served on the Florida State Board of Medicine, the state’s licensing board for physicians, for 11 years, including two terms as chairman.

Dauer has served as a member of the UM Board of Trustees since 1996 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. He was a member of UM’s President’s Council and of the Medical Dean Leadership Cabinet, and is an active member of the Miller School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

A member of Iron Arrow since 1996, he received the School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000 and the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award in 2001 for his ongoing dedication to the University.

Over the years, he and his family have been generous donors to the University, supporting the Richter Library, the Convocation Center, Athletics, the College of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and student scholarships.




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UM Trustee Victor E. Clarke’s Passion for Music Endures

Whenever Victor E. Clarke would meet with University of Miami Frost School of Music Dean Shelton “Shelly” Berg, he would talk about his fascination with music technology.

“Victor was always curious about technology,” said Berg, “and I think that’s what drew him to music. He was somewhat of an amateur music technology buff.”

Clarke, a UM trustee who grew his father’s Coral Gables-based engineering firm into a worldwide leader in custom-made avionics control panels and audio systems, and donated funds to build a UM music recital hall that bears his name, passed away on November 27. He was 81.

“Innovative and inquisitive” is how Berg described Clarke, who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Cornell University. “Even when he was in poor health, Victor stayed very up on what was going on at the music school,” recalled the dean. “I last saw him about a month ago, and we met for about an hour. We just had the greatest conversation, and he was still very excited about what we were doing.”

A lifelong resident of Miami who graduated from Coral Gables High School, Clarke followed the philanthropic example set by his parents, Victor P. and Charlotte H. Clarke, who gave to many causes. Clarke’s gift to UM’s music school named the Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall, a 120-seat venue dedicated in April 1994 that continues to play a critical role in the Frost School’s mission, serving as an ideal setting for solo performances and smaller concerts that wouldn’t be held in the larger Gusman Concert Hall.

With the Frost School now in the midst of a major expansion phase that includes a new music studios building, 200-seat performance hall, and an experiential learning center, Clarke Recital Hall will be retrofitted with high-tech sound and lighting features to accommodate electronic classical music.

Among the other projects made possible by Clarke’s generosity are the Victor E. Clarke Pavilion at Baptist Hospital in Kendall, the Baptist Cardiovascular Institute, and the Victor E. Clarke Education Center at South Miami Hospital.

Born on March 13, 1932, in Miami, Clarke served his country as an officer in the United States Air Force during the 1950s. Shortly after graduating from Cornell in 1956, he joined his father’s avionics firm, Gables Engineering, later succeeding the elder Clarke at the helm as chairman, CEO, and principal owner.

Clarke was appointed a University of Miami trustee in 1982, and an emeritus trustee in 2000. He served on the Academic Affairs, Athletic Advisory, Finance and Audit, Student Affairs, Master Planning and Construction, and Development Affairs committees. He also chaired the visiting committees of the College of Engineering and Frost School of Music, and was a member of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Visiting Committee.

He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and in recognition of his contributions to engineering, Clarke was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, in January 1986.

Clarke is survived by his daughters, Charlotte “Anne” Clarke and Patricia “Lynn” Clarke Cogan; granddaughters Erin, Colleen, Kerry, Kelly, Mary-Bridget, and Meghan-Ann; and five great-grandchildren, Luke, Hannah, Gabrielle, Ryan and Natalie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity of your choice.


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UM Mourns Passing of Longtime Trustee Nicholas A. “Nick” Crane

Crane was elected to the UM Board of Trustees in 1986 and provided major support to a variety of University initiatives.

Crane was elected to the UM Board of Trustees in 1986 and provided major support to a variety of University initiatives.

The University of Miami family mourns the loss of loyal Miami Hurricane and longtime UM trustee Nicolas A. “Nick” Crane. A two-time graduate (B.B.A. ’51 and J.D. ’53), Crane was a devoted father and grandfather, a successful businessman, and a caring community leader.

“Nick Crane was thoughtful, smart, and just plain nice. He never gave up on his community or his beloved ’Canes. He will be missed,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. Read the full story

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