Uncertainties continue around FAU's new dental school: 9 notes

Several factors could prevent Florida Atlantic University from opening its new dental school, Boca Magazine reported Oct. 31.

Nine things to know:

1. The university announced plans for the dental school in December.

2. Kim Dunn, president of the university's Faculty Senate committee, said the committee is worried about financing the new school. It is also concerned about the school's "viability," the magazine reported. 

3. The university is aiming to appoint a dean for the dental school by Fall 2024, but it has yet to fill other key leadership positions, including university president and permanent provost. 

4. The school is estimated to cost nearly $90 million to build, and FAU's board of governors said securing funding would be required to open the school on time. 

5, The state also approved $30 million to go toward construction and $10 million to cover operating expenses.

6. FAU is anticipating a $30 million donation from Barbara Feingold, vice chair of FAU's board of trustees and president search committee, and her late husband. 

7. In August, it was reported that Ms. Feingold stated her donation would depend on the results of the presidential search. 

8. The search committee named three finalists for the role of university president, none of which Ms. Feingold supports.

9. State University System Chancellor Ray Rodrigues paused the search process and launched an investigation in July after allegations were made about the search process, the Florida Phoenix reported.

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