Celebrate NSU Achievements and Look to the Future

The Celebration of Excellence is Nova Southeastern University’s annual signature event hosted by University President and CEO, George L. Hanbury, Ph.D.

During this celebration, Dr. Hanbury shares NSU’s achievements and future vision with the community, as well as presents the President’s Award for Excellence in Community Service.

The President’s Award recognizes superior engagement in the community and encourages the ongoing pursuit of community service as one of NSU’s core values—community. The president also introduces the newest members of NSU’s Shark Circle—donors who have generously given $1 million or more to support the University’s mission to educate and serve.

Celebrating Your Impact at NSU and Beyond

Alligator Ron & Ali Bergeron

2023 President's Award for Excellence in Community Service Honoree

NSU proudly presents the 2023 Excellence in Community Service Award to "Alligator Ron" and Ali Bergeron.

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 2023 Highlight Video

2023: "Alligator" Ron and Ali Bergeron

2022: Bertha Henry

2020: James and Cathy Donnelly

2019: Rick and Rita Case

2018: Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel

2017: Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman

2016: The Miniaci Family- Rose, Dominick and Meike, Albert and Beatriz

2015: Judy and Barry Silverman

2014: Winifred and Joseph C. Amaturo

2013: Guy Harvey

2012: Ron and Kathy Assaf

2011: Mike Jackson and David Horvitz & Francie Bishop Good

2010: John C. Johnson and Don Taft

2009: I. Lorraine Thomas

2008: Claire and Dan Marino

2007: Frank Till, Jr. Ed.D. and David H. Rush

2006: Alvin Sherman, August Urbanek

2005: Wayne and Marti Huizenga

2004: August & Toni Paoli, Morton & Geraldine Terry

2003: Jim and Jan Moran

2000: Robert and Millicent Steele

1999: William and Norma Horvitz

1998: Leo Goodwin, Sr.

1997: Abraham L. Mailman

2023 Shark Circle Inductees

NSU recognizes donors whose cumulative giving to the University exceeds $1 million each year at the Celebration of Excellence. In recognition of their generosity, President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., presents new Shark Circle members with a limited edition, Maquette replica of the specially commissioned Kent Ulberg mako shark statue located in front of the Don Taft University Center on NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus.

  • Bien-Air Medical Technologies
  • Health Foundation of South Florida
  • Robert E. Dooley Trust and Mrs. Janice Sheppard
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Our Generous 2023 Sponsors

The Preeminent Sponsor

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Champion Sponsors

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Mr. Austin Forman and Mr. William Murphy together with Berger Singerman LLP

Leader Sponsors

Florescue Family Foundation, Inc., and Sharon Gustafson Florescue

David and Peggy Sokol, Teton Capital, LLC

NSU and You

A gift to NSU is a gift of preeminence