Dr. Michele Ciccazzo, dean emerita of Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work has been selected to receive the Alliance for Aging President’s Distinguished Service Award for Excellence 2015. The award will be presented Thursday, November 5, at the Ninth Annual Positive Living Awards at Jungle Island.
Dr. Ciccazzo, a fixture at FIU since shortly after its founding, has 35 years of experience in higher education, and 18 years in administrative assignments at FIU where she’s also served in positions including Department Chair of Dietetics & Nutrition, Dean of the FIU Stempel College and Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at FIU.
During her tenure as dean, Dr. Ciccazzo oversaw some of the important milestones in the history of FIU Stempel College. Importantly, she guided the college through various accreditations. During her leadership, FIU Stempel College achieved a rank of 23 in NIH funding among schools of public health, plus it established itself as a leader in educating minority public health students.
Alliance for Aging Board member Ms. Lorraine Harris said about the upcoming awards event that will honor Ciccazzo’s accomplishments as well as those of others selected for recognition, “This is a wonderful festivity that recognizes South Florida’s senior community and their commitment to Miami-Dade and Monroe counties,” adding, “For 364 days out of the year, the Alliance serves the vulnerable elderly in our community. This one night, they take the opportunity to celebrate our older populations’ vitality and their contributions to making our community a better place.”