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Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University, formerly referred to as Nova and now commonly called NSU,is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian, research university located in Broward County, Florida, United States.


3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale
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Originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology, the university was chartered by the state of Florida on December 4, 1964 as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. The school was renamed Nova University in 1974. After a merger with Southeastern University for Health Sciences in 1994, the university was renamed Nova Southeastern University. The land occupied by the university was previously a naval training airfield during World War II named Naval Outlying Landing Field Forman. The remnants of the taxiway surrounding the airfield are still present in the form of roads used on the campus. After World War II, the federal government had promised the Forman family, from whom the land was purchased, that the land would only be used for educational purposes. This led the land to be used for the creation of the South Florida Education Center of which Nova Southeastern University is now a part. 1970s Front of Horvitz building On June 23, 1970, the board of trustees voted to enter into a federation with the New York Institute of Technology. The president of NYIT, Alexander Schure, Ph.D., became chancellor of Nova University. Abraham S. Fischler became the second president of the university. Also, the university charter was amended and �of Advanced Technology� was dropped from its corporate name. In 1971, Nova University was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 1972, the university introduced its first off-campus course of study in education. In 1974 the school changed its name to Nova University. Along with the name change came other changes, on campus, undergraduate evening programs began for adults, while the law school was opened in 1974. In 1976, the university received a $16 million gift from the estate of Leo Goodwin Sr., and began extensive campus and program expansion. Shortly after this, NSU dissolved its relationship with NYIT and began to create a board of trustees filled by South Florida residents, putting the stewardship of Nova back into local hands, which is how it remains today. 1980s The Nova University that emerged in 1985 was committed to incorporating new educational technologies, made possible by computers and telecommunications, into the teaching and learning process and into its delivery of education. In 1989, celebrating its 25th year, Nova University enrolled more than 8,000 students annually and had nearly 25,000 graduates, with revenues of nearly $70 million. Over the next five years, three new buildings were constructed and a campus-wide beautification campaign added landscaping that greatly changed the look of the campus. South Entrance of NSU 1990s In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University (NSU), adding the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry and Allied Health to the university. The university continued its expansion of building projects and added new academic, clinical and community service programs. By 1999, at the 35th anniversary, the university was enjoying an era of sustained growth, facilitated by a healthy infusion of endowment funds and a nearly 1,000-student increase in enrollment between fall 1998 and fall 1999. NSU�s enrollment had increased approximately 42 percent; full-time members of the faculty, staff and administration expanded to almost 2,600; and minority representation among faculty and staff members and students continued to expand. Morton & Geraldine Terry Atrium 2000s The William and Norma Horvitz Administration Building, a 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) structure that houses the office of the president and numerous other administration departments for the university was constructed. The Alvin Sherman Library for Research and Information Technology Center was completed in 2001 and is the largest public library facility in the state of Florida. The Carl DeSantis Building, housing the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, opened its doors in 2004. This $33-million building is a 261,000-square-foot (24,200 m2), five-story facility, that is also home to the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences. The state-of-the-art, 366,000-square-foot (34,000 m2) University Center, which opened on August 24, 2006, features three NCAA competition courts in the main arena, as well as two intramural courts, group fitness and instruction rooms, cardio and weight training areas, squash courts, a rock climbing wall, and The Flight Deck. In addition, five residence halls on the main campus serve undergraduate, graduate, health professions, and law students, with a capacity for housing up to 720 students in approximately 207,000 square feet (19,200 m2) of living space. The Commons, a new, 525-bed residence hall, opened for the Fall 2007 semester. Presidents Jim & Jan Moran Family Center George L. Hanbury II is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University and assumed the position of president in January 2010. The president is the chief executive officer of the college and is responsible for the success of the college's mission in providing superior academic programs and research.

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The Mission of Nova Southeastern University, a private, not-for-profit institution, is to offer a diverse array of innovative academic programs that complement on-campus educational opportunities and resources with accessible distance learning programs to foster academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership, research, and commitment to community through engagement of students and faculty members in a dynamic, life-long learning environment.



Nova Southeastern University was established in 1964, but the school has quickly grown an active alumni base of over 120,000 alumni. Many of the alumni have made many contributions to their fields of expertise.0 The List includes alumni ranging from government officials to professional athletes. Nova Southeastern is also known for its contribution to Academia. A large number of Nova Southeastern's doctoral degree recipients are actively pursuing research in their fields.



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