Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline A. Travisano with H. Wayne Huizenga

Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

Jacqueline A. Travisano, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Nova Southeastern UniversityJacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D.
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Jacqueline A. Travisano serves as Nova Southeastern University’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  In this capacity, Dr. Travisano is responsible for the overall direction, management, and effective administrative operations of the university in support of its mission, core values, and Vision 2020.  Dr. Travisano directly oversees Finance, Enrollment and Student Services, Information Technology, Facilities and Public Safety, Human Resources, Regional Campuses, Business Services, Clinical Operations, Internal Audit, the NSU Library system and Grande Oaks Golf Club.  In addition, Dr. Travisano provides leadership support to numerous academic units, university communications and development activities including the Ambassadors Board, the Fellows Society, the President’s Associates, and the Alvin Sherman Library Circle of Friends.

Dr. Travisano's career encompasses 26 years of service to higher education and non-profit organizations in various capacities. Immediately prior to joining Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Travisano served as Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

In 2015, Dr. Travisano was recognized as Woman of the Year by the 1,000 Plus Club for Cancer Research and as Student of the Year by the NSU Abraham S. Fischler College of Education where she was pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership.  Dr. Travisano was recognized in 2014 by the South Florida Business Journal as one of South Florida’s 2014’s Influential Business Women and by the National Diversity Council with its Glass Ceiling Award.  In both 2014 and 2013 she was recognized by the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County as one of Broward County’s Top 100 Women.  In 2012 she was honored as one of Florida’s most powerful and influential women by the Florida Diversity Council.

Dr. Travisano’s charitable works include service on the Board of Directors for the ARC of Broward County and the Honorary Board of the Special Olympics of Broward County, and service on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes of Broward County.  Dr. Travisano is also an active member of the Royal Dames for Cancer Research.  In 2014, she served as Chair of the 45th Annual Royal Dames Tiara Ball, raising more than $400,000 for Nova Southeastern University’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research. 

Dr. Travisano holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, an M.B.A. from Chatham University, a B.S. in Business Administration from Robert Morris University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She and her husband, Peter, live in Davie, Florida and together are blessed with four children and two grandchildren.