38 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Historical Highlights • The College of Dental Medicine admitted its charter class. • The Fischler Center for the Advancement of Education moved from leased facilities in Davie to newly renovated, university-owned facilities in North Miami Beach. • Facilities opened in University Park Plaza adjacent to the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. The facility houses classrooms; a microcomputer laboratory; the Institute for Learning in Retirement; and the Offices of Licensure and State Relations, Grants and Contracts, and Continuing Education. 1998 • The board of trustees named Ray Ferrero, Jr., as the university’s fifth president. • George Hanbury, Ph.D., was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer by Ray Ferrero, Jr., J.D., NSU president. • NSU’s regional accreditation was reaffirmed by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Schools for another 10 years. • The Fischler Center for the Advancement of Education changed its name to the Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services. • The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Management Council elected NSU to provisional membership effective September 1, 1998. • The board of trustees approved construction of the 325,000-square-foot Library, Research, and Information Technology Center on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. 1999 • Nova Southeastern University celebrated its 35th anniversary. • Construction began for the new Library, Research, and Information Technology Center on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. (A joint-use facility with Broward County, it includes a full-service library open to the public, electronic classrooms, an auditorium, and exhibit areas. It represents a unique concept of public/private use with the NSU Board of Trustees and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners each paying half of its costs.) • The School of Business and Entrepreneurship was renamed the H. Wayne Huizenga Graduate School of Business and Entrepreneurship and the board of trustees approved construction of a new building for the school at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. • The School of Social and Systemic Studies began the first Ph.D. program in dispute resolution offered nationally by distance education. • The College of Osteopathic Medicine was ranked 38th out of 144 medical schools nationally in the category of primary care medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. 2000 • President Ferrero received the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation Award for his efforts to expand and improve mental health services in South Florida. • The American Psychological Association reaffirmed the Center for Psychological Studies doctoral program accreditation for another seven years. • The 5,000-square-foot Health Professions Division Assembly Building that contains a 310-seat auditorium, computer laboratory, and seminar room was completed. • Centralized university call centers were established at University Park Plaza, in the Health Professions Division Clinic, and at the Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services. • Six shuttle buses were added to NSU’s fleet to provide transportation throughout the 300-acre Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus for students and faculty and staff members.