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Abraham S. Fischler (January 21, 1928 – April 3, 2017) was an American academic and was the second president of Nova Southeastern University. Fischler graduated from Columbia University in 1959 with his Ed.D. He went on to serve as Assistant Professor of Science Education at Harvard University and Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley before joining the fledgling Nova University in 1966. Fischler served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the Behavioral Sciences Center from 1966 to 1969. He became the President of Nova Southeastern University in 1970 and was President until 1992.

During his tenure as President, Nova Southeastern University developed and offered the first doctoral distance education program in the country in 1971. Fischler's distance education program was a precursor to modern online education programs but was the first of its kind at the time that it was created. Today, Nova Southeastern University remains a leader in distance education, offering programs online and via video conferences, at national and international instruction sites, and at the university's physical campuses. More than 11,000 students are enrolled in Fischler School of Education programs yearly.

After retiring from the Presidency, Fischler served on the board of Broward County Public Schools from 1994 to 1998. He has also previously served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, to various state departments of education, and to school districts in other states. He has authored numerous textbooks, articles, and other publications concerning teaching methods and science education. Today, Fischler is President Emeritus and University Professor at Nova Southeastern University and serves on the boards of a variety of community, arts, and education organizations. He continued to be active in the area of K-12 education reform, and publishes a blog on the topic titled "The Student is the Class".

William Frank Buckley Jr. November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008) was an American public intellectual, conservative author, and commentator. In 1955, Buckley founded National Review, a magazine that stimulated the conservative movement in the late-20th century United States. Buckley hosted 1,429 episodes of the public affairs television show Firing Line (1966–1999), the longest-running public affairs show in American television history with a single host, where he became known for his distinctive Mid-Atlantic idiolect and wide vocabulary.

Born in New York City, Buckley served stateside in the United States Army during the Second World War before attending Yale University, where he engaged in debate and conservative political commentary. Afterward, he worked for two years in the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition to editorials in National Review, Buckley wrote God and Man at Yale (1951) and more than fifty other books on diverse topics, including writing, speaking, history, politics, and sailing. His works include a series of novels featuring fictitious CIA agent Blackford Oakes as well as a nationally syndicated newspaper column.

Buckley called himself both a conservative and a libertarian. George H. Nash, a historian of the modern American conservative movement, said in 2008 that Buckley was "arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States in the past half century. For an entire generation, he was the preeminent voice of American conservatism and its first great ecumenical figure." Buckley's primary[citation needed] contribution to politics was a fusion of traditionalist conservatism and classical liberalism, which laid the groundwork for the rightward shift in the Republican Party exemplified by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.


William Horvitz was born in Elyria, a small town outside Cleveland, in 1926. After graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1953, he moved to Broward County to help his father run his family's fledgling business. At the time, Broward County had a fraction of its current population and was considered a visitors' community. Taking a risk, he bought huge parcels of land hoping the area would develop. Horvitz began building and selling single-family homes; after World War II, he introduced the first planned residential community, then Hollywood Mall, considered at the time of its opening in the 1970s as a prototypal mall. The risk paid off, allowing him to spread his influence in the years to come by helping several Broward charities to raise millions of dollars. Among them are Women In Distress, the Hollywood YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and the Jewish Foundation of Broward County.

Mr. Horvitz turned the once-struggling Hollywood Inc. into the largest development company in Hollywood. He sold it in 1988 for $300 million to developer Michael Swerdlow. After that sale, he founded DWLD Enterprises, Inc., an investment and brokerage company he ran closely with his son, David.

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