Embry-Riddle Graduates Tapped For University Board of Trustees Leadership Roles

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Changes Include Alumnus Mori Hosseini of ICI Homes Named Chairman and Apple’s Zane Rowe to Chair Audit Committee.

For the first time in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s history, three of its alumni will hold top positions in the university’s Board of Trustees helping shape the future of the world’s top aerospace and aviation academic institution effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Mori Hosseini, who was elected to the Board in 1999, will assume the responsibilities of Board chairman. After earning a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies and a Master of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle, Hosseini founded ICI Homes (Intervest Construction Inc.) in 1979 and is now chairman and CEO. ICI, consistently ranked by Builder magazine among the nation’s Top 100 homebuilders, has built thousands of homes in most major Florida markets, spanning multiple counties. In addition to land development and homebuilding operations, Mr. Hosseini is involved in many other enterprises throughout Florida including a lumber company, a title insurance company, and a utility company. In 2002 Embry-Riddle named its athletics fieldhouse the ICI Center to honor Hosseini for his contributions to the university.

“We’re excited that Mori will have an expanded role in shaping the future of the university,” said Dr. John P. Johnson, Embry-Riddle president. “His experiences as an Embry-Riddle student, alumnus and trustee give him valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities facing us. He has proven to be a powerhouse in leadership and service, not only for Embry-Riddle but also in his industry and the broader community.”

Currently the vice chairman of the Florida Board of Governors and a member of the Board of Directors of International Speedway Corp., Mr. Hosseini has garnered many awards for his civic, corporate and professional contributions. Most recently he received Builder magazine’s Hearthstone Humanitarian Award, the Glenn and Connie Ritchey Community Service Award from the Council on Aging, the Habitat for Humanity’s Spirit of Hope Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Lou Fuchs Award from the Daytona Beach/Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce and was inducted into the Home Builders Association’s Hall of Fame.

Besides taking the helm of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Hosseini will remain chairman of the Trustees Committee, chairman of the Facilities & Capital Planning Committee and member of the Compensation and Executive committees.

The current Board chairman, Jim Henderson, will become vice chairman. He became a trustee in 2003 and is currently chairman of the Compensation and Executive committees and a member of the Audit, Investment and Trustees committees. The university’s Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center, which opened in 2012, is named in his honor. He is the chairman and CEO of Assured Partners Inc. in Lake Mary, Fla.

Alumnus Zane Rowe, elected to the Board in 2010 and currently a member of the Audit and Finance committees, will become Board secretary and chairman of the Audit Committee. Rowe taught economics at Embry-Riddle after earning his B.S. in Aviation Business Administration from the university, and currently serves Embry-Riddle as a member of the Industry Advisory Council for the College of Business. He is the vice president of U.S. and Canada sales for Apple Inc.

Rowe will replace Larry Clarkson, Board secretary and chairman of the Audit Committee, who is retiring from the Board and will become a trustee emeritus. Clarkson joined the Board of Trustees in 2002 and is a member of the Development, Executive, International Affairs and Trustees committees. He is a retired president of Boeing Enterprises.

Alumnus Joe Martin, elected to the Board in 2005, will continue to serve in his positions as Board treasurer, chairman of the Finance Committee, vice chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the following committees: Audit, Compensation, Executive, Facilities & Capital Planning and Trustees. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle and received the university’s Distinguished Speaker Award in 2003 for delivering a commencement address. He is the retired vice chairman of the Board of Directors and the Office of the Chairman of Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.

“This is a very exciting time for all of us at Embry-Riddle,” Johnson added. “Having alumni, now leaders from the industry and community, serve in key roles on our Board will further enhance how we prepare our students for success in the future.”

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and http://www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.


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