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AUTISM SPEAKS NAMES NSU’s PRESIDENT AS BROWARD WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS HONORARY CHAIR

George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA MAY 31, 2013 – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, has announced that George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D, President and CEO of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), has been named honorary walk chair for the Broward Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

As honorary walk chair, Hanbury will be responsible for hosting and promoting the annual Broward fundraising and awareness event, which brings thousands of participants, donors and other supporters together to raise funds for autism research, advocacy and family services. This year’s Broward Walk Now for Autism Speaks event will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Nova Southeastern University’s main campus at 3301 College Ave. in Davie.

“NSU incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to advancing research regarding autism, and this event will help to raise funds and awareness about this important matter,”said Hanbury. “Community service is one of NSU’s core values, and because of both these values – research and community — I am proud to have been selected.”

“We are thrilled that President. Hanbury has agreed to take on the role of honorary walk chair for the Broward Walk Now for Autism Speaks,” said Julie Salas, Autism Speaks South Florida Associate Executive Director. “His energy and dedication to our cause make him the ideal person to make this year’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks more successful than ever.”

For the seventh consecutive year, Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® proudly serve as the national sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Toys“R”Us is also the largest corporate partner of Autism Speaks. Since the partnership began in 2007, Toys“R”Us has helped Autism Speaks receive more than $16 million through in-store and online fundraising campaigns, donations from both the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the efforts of employees who volunteer to raise additional funds at Walk Now for Autism Speaks events across the country.

Additional sponsors include South Florida Ford Dealers, Nova Southeastern University, FedEx, TD Bank, FPL and Stanley Steamer.

For more information about the 2013 Broward Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/broward or contact 954-421-9997 – or Broward@autismspeaks.org.

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed over $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in over 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 300 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with more than 28,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it’s one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.  www.nova.edu

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About George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.   President Hanbury is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the nation’s eighth largest private not-for-profit university. Since becoming President and CEO, he’s been building on the university’s legacy to elevate NSU’s standing to national prominence.

At NSU, Hanbury fosters academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership, research, and commitment to community through engagement of students and faculty in a dynamic, life-long learning environment to produce alumni who serve with integrity in their lives, fields of study and resulting careers.

Prior to becoming President/CEO, Hanbury served NSU for twelve years as COO and Executive Vice President. Under his leadership, NSU received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification in 2010, and is one of only 35 universities also designated with “high research activity.” Hanbury also teaches public administration at NSU’s Huizenga Business School.

Previously, Hanbury spent 30 years as City Manager of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Portsmouth, Virginia Beach; and Assistant City Manager in Norfolk, Virginia. He holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech, an M.S. from Old Dominion and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Hanbury has been honored by many organizations and serves on the Boards of prominent local organizations such as the United Way of Broward County.

Contact:

Angelica P. Fernandez – Field Development Director
angelica.fernandez@autismspeaks.org | 954.421.9997

Julie Spechler, NSU Office of Public Affairs
julies@nova.edu 954.262.5348


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