MIAMI - The Florida Board of Governors has appointed S. Lawrence Kahn, III, president and CEO of Lowell Homes, Inc. to serve on Florida International University’s Board of Trustees.
Kahn’s appointment is effective immediately and runs through January 2011.
“I am deeply honored by this opportunity to serve FIU,” Kahn said. “I have been a proud member of the FIU family for 10 years and I look forward to this new role. We have an exceptional Board of Trustees and a world class leadership team. Together, we will steer FIU through these challenging times.”
President Modesto A. Maidique and President-designate Mark Rosenberg praise the appointment as an exceptional one.
Kahn is the founder of Lowell Homes, a developer and builder of residential communities throughout the state of Florida. The company has built thousands of housing units since 1986.
Kahn’s involvement with FIU began in 1999, as chairman of the President’s Council (formerly known as Council of 100), a group of leaders who help foster community support for the university. In 2001, he joined the FIU Foundation Board of Directors. The FIU foundation is a non-profit corporation whose members play a significant role in the development of the university as a major educational, cultural and economic resource. Through the involvement of the directors and their contribution of time, leadership and financial resources, the mission of the university is advanced. Kahn served as chair of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors for two years, starting in 2006.
He also serves as vice chairman of the Baptist Hospital Board of Directors and is a past president of Builders Association of South Florida and a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Kahn completed his B.A. at Amherst College in 1968. He served in the US Navy from 1968-1971 in Japan and South Vietnam and in 1972 earned a Master’s in business administration from Harvard University School of Business.
“Larry Kahn will bring invaluable insight to the board,” said Board of Trustees Chair David Parker. “His keen business sense and his passion for FIU will be an excellent addition to this already talented and dedicated body.”
Kahn, who is originally from Memphis, lives with his wife Susan in Coral Gables. They have three adult children – Lauren Uzarek, Lowell Kahn, M.D. and Lani Drody – and four grandchildren, all of whom live in South Florida.
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Florida International University was founded in 1965 and is Miami’s only public research university. With a student body of more than 38,000, FIU graduates more Hispanics than any other university in the country. Its 17 colleges and schools offer more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. FIU has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “High Research Activity University.” In 2006 FIU was authorized to establish a medical school, which will welcome its first class in 2009. FIU’s College of Law recently received accreditation in the fastest time allowed by the American Bar Association.