FAU And Max Planck Team Up On First Joint Position

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Two South Florida institutions are creating more synergy through a new position that will bring them closer together.

Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D. is the new associate vice president for strategic initiatives and head of institutional partnerships for Florida Atlantic University and Max Planck Florida Institute.

He took over the new role last month. He joined the FAU team in 2008 and has served as associate director of the FAU Brain Institute and most recently as an associate professor of biological sciences and associate dean for graduate students in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

In his new role, Dawson-Scully will be responsible for developing and implementing key initiatives in areas that are crucial to FAU and MPFI. These initiatives will include co-branding programs, enhancing infrastructure, developing new educational programs, identifying and securing joint funding opportunities, conducting research training, building partnerships, and fostering collaboration between academic and administrative units.

“I am both honored and excited to serve in this new capacity for Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Florida Atlantic University. My ultimate goal is to escalate our international reputation and expand our distinguished faculty, recruiting talented students and world-class scientists to our institutions,” said Dawson-Scully. “By combining our expertise, knowledge and resources, our close partnership will generate significant impact, benefitting the local, regional and international communities.”