Roy E. Weiss has been named chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Before, he was at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Weiss was the Rabbi Morris I. Esformes Endowed Professor of Medicine, professor of pediatrics, chief of the Section of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, executive vice chairman of the Department of Medicine, and deputy provost for research for the university. Weiss spent 29 years at the University of Chicago. A native of Long Island, New York, Weiss has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Duke University and a Ph.D. in cellular biology from the University of South Carolina. His medical degree is from the Sackler Medical School in Tel Aviv. He returned to the United States in 1985 for an internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, where he completed his residency and fellowship, and joined the university faculty.
Best advice he ever received: “Appreciate the intrinsic goodness of every individual.” And, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value,” from Einstein.
Rodolphe el-Khoury has been named dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture effective July 1. He currently is director of urban design at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty and is a partner in the design firm Khoury Levit Fong. He received a doctorate in philosophy and a master’s in architectural history from Princeton University, and also has a master’s in architecture studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in architecture and fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design.
Marielena DeSanctis was recently appointed vice president for student affairs and enrollment at Broward College. Before, she was executive director of curriculum, instruction and interventions for Broward County Public Schools. She also has been a math and science teacher, assistant principal at South Plantation High School, and principal at Fort Lauderdale High. DeSanctis has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s in educational leadership and administration from Nova Southeastern University, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Best advice she ever received: Dr. Joel Herbst, associate dean of the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University, said, “An engineering degree and a Ph.D. in leadership will not get you anywhere if you do not authentically value, support and serve the people you work with.”
Luisa M. Perez has been promoted to director of marketing and communications for Florida International University’s College of Business. She joined the college 18 months ago to serve as assistant director of the marketing department. Perez has an A.S. from Miami Dade College in radio and television broadcast programming, and a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Miami.
Jacqueline Bueno Sousa will join the College of Business at Florida International University as regional director of SBDC at FIU, the Florida Small Business Development Center for Miami-Dade County that recently opened at the university. Before, she was a director with i2 Integrity, an international strategic advisory firm. Before that, she had been a reporter an editor at several publications. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Florida and a master's in public administration from FIU.