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Former NSU Chancellor, Alexander Schure, Dies at 89

Alexander Schure (right) and former Nova president Abraham Fischler formed a federation between Nova and NYIT that lasted for 15 years.

Alexander Schure (right) and former Nova president Abraham Fischler formed a federation between Nova and NYIT that lasted for 15 years.

FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla.—Alexander Schure, Ph.D., the chancellor of Nova University (now Nova Southeastern University) from 1970-85 and an educational visionary, passed away on Oct. 29 in New York at the age of 89.

Schure founded New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 1955 and served as its president until 1982. His involvement with Nova began in 1970 when Nova was considering closing its doors due to financial problems. Schure and then-Nova president Abraham Fischler, Ed.D., formed a federation between NYIT with Nova University, which brought NYIT programs and funds that kept Nova open. The federation between the two schools lasted from 1970 to 1985, when it was dissolved by mutual agreement.

During this time, Schure was appointed chancellor of Nova University and oversaw the university’s relationship with NYIT. He was also instrumental, along with Fischler, in founding the law school at Nova. NYIT also initiated a master’s degree program in business administration at Nova in 1972. Today, Nova Southeastern’s business school boasts the largest M.B.A. program in Florida.

“He was a brilliant individual with a very creative mind,” said Fischler. “He was an excellent friend to me and the university. There would be no NSU without him.”

Schure’s achievements at NYIT include the creation of NYIT’s Computer Graphics Laboratory in 1974. This facility pioneered several breakthroughs in field of computer graphics and produced one of the first computer animated films—Tubby the Tuba—which was directed by Schure alongside Pixar co-founders Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith. Schure also helped launch NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, the first osteopathic medical school in New York and the only medical school in Nassau County. In 2001, he became president of the New York College for Wholistic Health, Education, and Research in Syosset, N.Y.

Media Contact:
Julie Spechler, NSU Office of Public Affairs
(954) 262-5348, julies@nova.edu