NSU Florida Announces New Leadership Appointments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is pleased to announce several leadership appointments.

Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D., will serve as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs; Steven I. Kaltman, DMD, MD, FACS, has been named dean of the College of Dental Medicine; José Roberto (Beto) Juárez, Jr., J.D., will become the Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law; and Terry Mularkey will lead as vice president of Advancement and Community Relations.

“We are entering a very exciting chapter in this institution’s history as  we strategically realign ourselves for Vision 2025,” said Dr. George L. Hanbury, president and CEO of NSU. “These individuals’ leadership, academic and professional skills will be instrumental as NSU continues its upward trajectory in becoming a preeminent university.”

Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ronald Chenail, Ph.D. has been named provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Since assuming an interim role on July 1, 2019, Dr. Chenail has exhibited exemplary leadership in guiding NSU’s transition to a fully online instructional delivery platform during winter semester and preparing for the Return of the Sharks this fall. Among other achievements, Dr. Chenail has worked to develop Vision 2025 and its accompanying five-year strategic plans, onboarding three new deans, launching the Learning and Education Center, and overseeing the integration of the College of Medical Sciences into the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine.

Dr. Chenail has been named the University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Chenail joined then Nova University in 1989 as an assistant professor of Family Therapy and director of the Institute for Systemic Therapy. In 1991, Dr. Chenail was promoted to the dean of the School of Social and Systemic Studies. In 1999, he was named assistant to the president for Academic Affairs. He served in that capacity until 2004, when he was named the vice president for Research, Planning, and Governmental Affairs. Dr. Chenail was promoted to full professor rank in 2003. In 2007, his title was changed to vice president for Institutional Effectiveness and he served in that role until 2012. In 2013, Dr. Chenail became NSU’s associate provost and served in that position until being named interim provost in 2019.

Since 1990, he has been part of 14 grants and contracts totally more than $6.5 million, published more than 130 publications including seven books, and given more than 200 formal academic presentations at conferences and meetings. Dr. Chenail is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage and The Qualitative Report.

Dr. Chenail earned his B.A. in History from St. Bonaventure University, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology-Counseling from the University of Houston and Ph.D. in Family Therapy from then Nova University.

Steven Kaltman, DMD, MD FACS, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine

Steven Kaltman, DMD, MD, FACS, has been appointed dean of NSU’s College of Dental Medicine; he had been serving as interim dean of the college since June 2019. During his interim deanship, Dr. Kaltman demonstrated an exceptional commitment to necessary change, the ability to develop a consensus that would allow change to be undertaken effectively and, most importantly, a true vision to ensure that the college continues to ascend in national prominence.

Over the course of many years, Dr. Kaltman has made significant contributions to the advancement of the college. He joined the faculty as professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2000 and is the founding chief of the Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Since its inception in 2002, the program has matured into a nationally recognized training program known for its commitment to provide excellent patient care, contribute to basic and clinical research, and train the future practitioners and academic leaders of the Oral and Maxillofacial surgery profession. Dr. Kaltman also served as associate dean for hospital and extra-mural affairs and vice chief, Department of Surgery Memorial Regional Hospital.

Dr. Kaltman has participated on numerous national boards and committees. He had the honor to serve as president of both the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Pennsylvania Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has been inducted as a Fellow in American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally and published numerous publications and book chapters.

Dr. Kaltman is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University Health Sciences School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Montefiore University Hospital.

José Roberto (Beto) Juárez, Jr., J.D., Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law

José Roberto Juárez, Jr., J.D. will commence as dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law on Aug. 1.

José Roberto Juárez, Jr., J.D., will commence his appointment on August 1, 2020. As dean, he will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Law, working with a diverse community of faculty, students, staff, and alumni to continue to develop the college as a premier learning community focused on what students need to practice law in the complex, modern workplace.

Currently, Professor Juarez is a tenured professor of law and director of the Lawyering in Spanish program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He served as dean of Denver Law from 2006 to 2009. During his time as Dean of Denver Law, Professor Juárez implemented programs that increased that college’s bar passage rate from 69% in July 2005 to 91% in July 2009. In addition, he raised $15 million and increased the number of nationally recognized programs at Denver Law from two to five.

Professor Juarez also co-founded the Deans’ Diversity Council and the non-profit organization spun off from the Council: The Center for Legal Inclusiveness. He is currently serving a second term as Co-President of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), one of the largest organizations of law professors in the United States.

A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Texas School of Law, Juárez was a civil rights attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Texas and in California from 1983 to 1990. Professor Juárez’s publications are numerous and noteworthy and focused in the fields of legal history, law and religion, civil rights, and language rights.

Terry Mularkey, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations

Mularkey has been named Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations.

Terry Mularkey currently serves as the NSU president’s chief of staff and will maintain those responsibilities as he takes on the role of vice president of Advancement and Community Relations. He joined NSU in 2014 as the executive director for Development and Community Relations. In his role, he led the fundraising efforts for the university, including academic colleges, nonacademic units and eight campuses. Mularkey also led the development team for the Realizing Potential Campaign for NSU, with a goal of $250 million, which was completed three years early, and has raised more than $275 million to-date.

Prior to starting his fundraising career, Mularkey served as a U.S. Army officer on active duty for 21 years until retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served and managed staffs in the military including The Joint Staff in the Pentagon. His numerous assignments and deployments include leadership positions in Italy, Germany, Panama, Grenada, Turkey, and Iraq and awards of distinction including the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal (3x), the Department of Defense (DOD) Humanitarian Service Medal (3x),  the U.S. Army Ranger Tab, the U.S. Army Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Wings and the U.S. Army Aviator Wings.

Mularkey is a native of Fort Lauderdale and a graduate of Mercer University, where he was commissioned an officer of the United States Army. He holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is a graduate of The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and The Armed Forces Staff College.


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July 20, 2020

Tasha Yohan