Brian is an accomplished visible leader, change maker, higher education administrator, fundraiser, and educator with a 30-year proven track record of success in building effective working relationships; managing budgets and multiple facilities; engaging diverse communities; pursuing excellence in teaching, student-learning, and scholarly achievement; and developing “Triple W” public private partnerships in support of career-ready degree programs supported by student-centric, co-curricular, and service learning opportunities.
Most recently, Brian was appointed Dean of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) in 2009. CARTA consists of three Schools, eight Departments, and five Centers or Institutes and awards undergraduate and graduate degrees, including the State of Florida’s only Doctor of Design (D.Des). Under his leadership, CARTA has strategically grown from 1,200 majors to more than 4,000 and from 70 full-time faculty members to over 140. Brian has also raised over $70M ($30M in philanthropy and $40M in auxiliary revenues) in support of the College’s student-centric mission, launching strategic initiatives such as the Immersive Studio For Altered Reality (iSTAR), the Ratcliffe Incubator for Art + Design, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, the Steven Cruz Institute for Science, Media and Technology, CARTA@Mana Wynwood, and the South Florida Media Network. In 2017, he led the integration of the former School of Journalism and Mass Communication into the College of Architecture + The Arts to form the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, one of only three colleges in the nation to combine these academic disciplines in one college under the direction of one dean. Additionally, Brian has strategically expanded the College’s physical footprint and national impact by opening innovation centers of excellence in Miami Beach, FL; Wynwood Arts District in Miami, FL; Washington, DC; and New York City.
In addition to his work as Dean, Brian has served as a Department Chair, School Director, and Associate Dean. And since 2016 Brian has served as the University’s Cultural Arts Liaison to the Office of the Provost for the visual and performing arts, including the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts and the University’s three accredited museums: The Wolfsonian-FIU, FIU Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum, and the FIU Jewish Museum of Florida. Brian is also an accomplished educator and author having published five books and numerous scholarly articles. He is also a past recipient of FIU’s prestigious Teaching Incentive Award, has been named Instructor of the Year, and has twice been named to FIU’s College of Business Administration’s Circle of Excellence for Teaching.