Manchester Business School has named Melissa Holland as the new director of its Miami Center in Downtown Miami. In her role, she will be responsible for the overall operations, program administration, student recruitment and business development. Before joining Manchester Business School, she was director of MBA programs at Georgia Southern University, with responsibility for recruiting, admissions, student services, alumni relations and new program development. Earlier in her career, she was a vice president at Rabobank International, where she specialized in underwriting large corporate senior debt transactions for companies in the food and agriculture industry. She also worked at GE Capital and SunTrust Bank, where she was an underwriter of debt and equity transactions to the media and telecommunications industry.
Cristina Raecke, Angel Burgos newest executive directors at FIU's College of Business Administration
Cristina Raecke and Angel Burgos have been hired as executive directors at Florida International University's College of Business Administration.
Raecke will be responsible for publications, web presence, event marketing and the development and implementation of the marketing strategies for graduate and undergraduate programs. She has worked with Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks and the law firm of Greenburg Traurig. She also was manager of marketing and communications for Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision. Before that, she was manager for marketing and community relations for the Miami Downtown Development Authority, and director of recruiting and admissions for the University of Miami's MBA programs.
Burgos will direct and manage the MBA programs and will have overall management responsibility for the Master of International Business program. He was director of MBA and MS in accounting programs for the George Mason University School of Management. Before that, he also contributed to the graduate programs for the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.
Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine announced the addition of Angelique Grant Hutchinson, Ph.D. as the new Assistant Vice President of Development. Prior to joining FIU, she was Executive Director of Major Gifts at the University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and since 2004 had been responsible for the development efforts of 24 medical divisions and a campaign goal of $86 million. She has an extensive career in institutional advancement, media relations and public relations. She has worked in higher education at Princeton University where she served as Director of Development from 1999 to 2004, and at Washington State University where she served as a communications instructor with the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications and was Assistant Director of Development from 1994 to 1999.
Divina Grossman has been named chairwoman of the board of directors for the Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization focused on improving health for residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. She is vice president for engagement at Florida International University. Before that , she was director and then dean of the School of Nursing, and later dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU. She also is chairwoman of the board of directors of Kendall Regional Medical Center, board member of the Miami Foundation, editorial board member of the American Journal of Nursing, Steering Committee member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities' Urban Serving Universities (USU) and a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's National Advisory Council for the Nurse Faculty Scholars Program.
Preston Jones has been named interim dean of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He was executive associate dean of academic affairs for the Huizenga Business School, a post he has held for seven years. Since joining NSU 20 years ago, he has also served as associate dean, director of graduate programs and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He also is a professor, with expertise in teaching adults and creating customized curricula. His predecessor, Dean D. Michael Fields, will leave NSU to attend to family matters.
Ora Lea Strickland has been named to the board of directors of Miami Jewish Health Systems, a healthcare provider. She is dean and professor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University. Before joining FIU, she was a professor and the first person to hold an endowed professorship in the Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also was a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro.
Thomas W. Olliff has been named senior vice president for administration at Broward College. He will oversee the overall planning, operation and evaluation of the college's non-academic programs and services and also for providing senior leadership for all administrative areas, including finance and budget, operations, facilities, procurement, human resources, information technology and economic development. He also will represent the college in various civic, community and professional organizations at the local, state, and national level. Before joining the college, he was deputy executive director of the South Florida Water Management District, acting as the agency's chief operating officer. Before that, he worked with Collier County Government for 19 years, concluding with his service as the county administrator.
Robert J. Pietrykowski has been named vice president of human resources at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). In his new role, he will provide strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of human resources programs for employee productivity and a healthy work-life balance. He was assistant vice president for human resources and chief negotiator at Cleveland State University. Before that, he held various positions in health care, human services and as a labor attorney for an Ohio-based law firm. He will begin his new position at NSU Feb. 13.
Brian Sepe has been hired as the dean of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Business. Most recently, he was the managing director and head of Latin America and Canada Wealth Management for Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, where he was responsible for the business operations and risk management, growth initiatives, and overall strategic development for the wealth management businesses in those areas. His career as a financial advisor began in the 1970s. He then moved into a leadership role at Merrill Lynch’s private wealth group in 1992, ultimately running the U.S. Northeast division in 2008 and then taking on the role of head of Latin America business in 2009.
Albert E. Dotson, Sr. has been named chairman emeritus of the Florida International University Board of Trustees. His service to FIU spans three decades, most recently as chairman of the board of trustees from 2009 to 2011. He also serves as chairman of the FIU Athletics Finance Corporation Board of Directors and also serves on the boards of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition and the Orange Bowl Committee. He is a business consultant and was chairman and chief executive officer of several business enterprises. Previously, he served on the FIU Foundation Board from 1983 to 2001.