Administrative records of Ray F. Ferrero, Jr., fifth president of Nova University
Scope and Content
Correspondence, legal documents, financial records, memos, reports, subject files, and clippings comprise the bulk of the records of Ray F. Ferrero, Jr., president of Nova Southeastern University and primarily span the years 1998-2009, the years of his presidency.
Ferrero’s involvement with the university began in 1984 as a member of the Board of Trustees. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees from October 1988 until September 1995. He then held the post of vice chairman until becoming president in 1998. During his six years as chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ferrero played a major role in bringing about the merger of Nova University and Southeastern University, which ultimately resulted in the university’s then position as the largest independent university in the southeast and the seventh largest in the United States.
In Ferrero’s 12 years as president, enrollment increased 72 percent, from 16,921 in 1998 to 29,154 in 2009. In addition, NSU’s student population has grown more diverse under President Ferrero and NSU regularly ranks first in the number of doctoral degrees awarded to minorities. In 2007, NSU successfully completed its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Ferrero has also overseen a transformation of NSU’s main campus with more than 2 million square feet of construction projects completed during his tenure. He is largely responsible for the creation of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center. Determined to make NSU Broward County's university, President Ferrero actively participated in developing a unique joint-use facility between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. This new 325,000-square foot library serves NSU students and faculty, as well as the citizens of Broward County.
In 2003, the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village opened as the new home to the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies. The 110,000-square-foot facility allows students, faculty members, and researchers to observe, experience, and learn about best practices in early childhood education and family support.
In 2004, the Carl DeSantis Building opened as the new home to the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. The five-story, 261,000-square-foot facility includes cutting edge technology for the business school’s undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.
In August 2006, the university opened the new Don Taft University Center, a 366,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multiuse facility that stands as the largest structure on the main campus. This centerpiece, which redefines NSU’s relationship with its students, faculty and staff members, and the community, features a student union, wellness and fitness center, performing arts venue, and a convocation center sports arena.
In August 2007, the university opened The Commons, a new state-of-the-art residence hall. The new hall includes 526 student beds, classroom and meeting space, indoor and outdoor common space, and 16 community living rooms – creating communities within a community.
In 2008, NSU opened the Rolling Hills Graduate Apartments residence hall, which provides 373 beds for graduate students and increased the total capacity in NSU’s residence halls to nearly 1,500. In the same year, NSU also merged with the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, opening the Performing and Visual Arts Wing of the Don Taft University Center, and opened the $5 million University Aquatic Center, the largest water volume pool in Florida at the time and which includes a 10-lane, 50-meter pool.
Ferrero also expanded the university’s presence in Florida and beyond. NSU has Student Educational Centers in all major Florida cities east of Tallahassee, including Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Southeast Florida.
Access or Use Restrictions
Presidential collections are closed to the public. Permission must be obtained from the current University President. Certain files are restricted to protect identities of former staff and/or students.
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Finding Aid Creator
Nova Southeastern University Archives
Nova Southeastern University, Office of the President, "A Guide to the Records of University President Ray F. Ferrero, Jr." (2014). Finding Aids. 5.