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President Hanbury Teaches Ambassadors Board Members Underwater Lesson on Importance of Florida’s Coral Reefs

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Left to Right: Barry Somerstein, NSU Ambassadors Board Member, Lawyer & Co-Founder at Greenspoon Marder; Al Fernandez, NSU Ambassadors Board Member, President of ANF Group, Inc.; Anita Paoli-Kotler, NSU Ambassadors Board Member, Attorney & Owner of the Law Offices of A. Paoli, P.A.; NSU President George Hanbury; Kenny Tate, NSU Board of Trustee, NSU Ambassadors Board Member, CEO of Tate Capital, LLC & TKO Apparel, Inc.)

Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board recently embarked on an underwater excursion at their Inaugural “Dive & Snorkel” event at the NSU’s Oceanographic Center. President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., and the board members had an opportunity to understand first-hand the research NSU’s Oceanographic Center is conducting regarding coral reef restoration.

The group worked alongside NSU researchers and students transplanting threatened staghorn corals at NSU’s coral nurseries off the coast of Broward County. Richard Dodge, Ph.D., dean of NSU’s Oceanographic Center, provided the board with a brief overview on the necessity of coral reef research in understanding, conserving and protecting coral reef ecosystems as well as protecting the economic vitality of the area. Coral reefs contribute $2 billion annually to Broward county economy.

NSU’s Ambassadors Board’s mission is to enlist widespread and active support for the university’s development efforts, promote NSU programs, and serve as the university’s “ambassadors” to communities and constituencies.