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Nova Southeastern University sits on land that was formerly Foreman Field, a training field for naval aviators during WWII located in Davie, Florida. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy designated what is now the 300 acre campus for educational use only. The campus begun with the building of the Rosenthal Student Center in 1967. The Parker building, dedicated in 1968, provided the research facilities for the Germ-Free Lab and the Life Sciences programs. In 1969, the Hollywood Education Center was completed and also renamed the Mailman/Hollywood building, honoring of Abraham Mailman, a major supporter and donor to Nova Southeastern University.

The Germ-Free Life Research Center and Nova University were first linked together when President Warren Winstead (1964-1969) asked the Board of Trustees to authorize him to determine the possibility of acquiring the Germ-Free Life Research Center as the start of a life sciences program at Nova University. The date was July 15, 1968. He pointed out that the third floor of the Parker Building could accommodate GLRC. Read more...

The Life Science Center taught and integrated the discipline of modern biology from the study of our internal and external worlds. Studies of unrestrictive cell growth (cancer) and the understanding of rhythmic control of cellular activity were the targets of research at Nova. The development of molecular biology had made cancer research a specialized form of microbiology with its own concepts, objectives and methodology. Read more...

The Royal Dames was formed when the Life Sciences Center was incorporated into Nova University’s academic framework. In 1972, because of a contribution by Leo Goodwin, Jr. the cancer research laboratory was re-named the Leo Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research. The Royal Dames was originally a very selective organization in that its membership would not exceed 100 persons. Its members were women chosen to reflect a broad spectrum of talent and leadership. Read more...

The Nova University Oceanographic Center established in 1966, was the first major self sufficient and grant based department of what was then known as Nova University. Established on a houseboat situated next to Port Everglades, this center was a unique research facility that provided opportunities for Nova University to establish a reputation in the academic community. The first director of the Oceanographic Center was Dr. William S. Richardson. Richardson ushered in an era of monitoring ocean currents. Tragically, Dr. Richardson and several other colleagues were lost at sea in 1975. For more information, see The Mysterious Disappearance of Nova University’s Research Vessel Gulf Stream.

President Warren Winstead, Ph.D. 1965-1969
Chancellor Alexander Schure, Ph.D. 1970-1985
President Abraham Fischler, Ed.D. 1970-1992
President Stephen Feldman, Ph.D. 1992-1994
President Ovid Lewis, J.S.D. 1994-1997
President and CEO Ray Ferrero, Jr., J.D. 1998-2010, and Chancellor and CEO 2010-2011
President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. 2010-Present
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