Fall 2011 Issue


Welcome Aboard

Dr. Scott F. Smith

Dr. Scott F. Smith joins the University as the new Vice President for Mission and Student Engagement. Smith, who has more than a decade of professional experience in student development for Catholic higher education institutions, joins Barry from Saint Louis University, where he has served as assistant vice president for student development and dean of students since 2007.

Prior to working for Saint Louis University, Smith held other various positions in student development, including assistant dean of students and director of Housing and Residence Life for Seattle University; director of Residence Life for Ohio Northern University; residence hall director for Marquette University; and assistant area director for Housing and Residence Life at North Carolina State University.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of the South, a master's dual degree in adult and community college education and counselor education with an emphasis on student development from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration with an emphasis on leadership and organizational development from The Ohio State University.

"I am honored to serve as the next Vice President for Mission and Student Engagement at Barry University," Smith said. "I look forward to working closely with President Bevilacqua, the administration, Barry's dedicated faculty and outstanding students to create a caring, vibrant and engaging campus life. Barry's Dominican heritage and distinct mission resonates strongly with me, and I believe my 12 years at other Catholic schools will allow me to contribute positively to the University's aspirations."

Smith will be replacing Dr. Michael Griffin, who was recently appointed to the position of vice president for business development and operations at Barry.

Dr. Robert J. Snyder

Dr. Robert J. Snyder, a podiatric physician and surgeon and leading wound care specialist for more than 30 years, joined the faculty in Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine. Snyder began his new role as a professor and director of clinical research in January. He comes to Barry from private practice at University Hospital in Tamarac, Fla., where he is director of the Wound Healing Center. Snyder will teach student doctors about wound management, limb preservation and research. A published author of more than 100 peer-reviewed and trade journals, manuscripts, and book chapters, Snyder will head the school's research division. He has been involved in clinical research for 15 years and has performed several randomized-controlled trials as principal investigator. He is the founder of the South Florida Wound Care Group and Snyder Wound Research Institute.

Snyder earned his DPM from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. In addition, he is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Wound Management and sits on the board of directors as president. Snyder also serves on the executive board of directors as president-elect of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.

Jean Max Brun

Jean Max Brun was named assistant director of Grant Programs. Brun has several years of federal grants experience and his specific, extensive knowledge of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be an asset to the Office of Grant Programs. Brun previously served as a grants management specialist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida International University and earned an M.B.A from Nova Southeastern University.