School of Public Administration Advisory Board

George Brown

George Brown, a native of Baltimore, is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and Classics, and he was a Doctoral Fellow in English at George Washington University.  He has lived full-time in the Boca Raton area since 1976.  George began employment with the City of Boca Raton Building Inspection Division in 1977.  During the next 10 years, he established the City’s Code Enforcement Division and served as Assistant City Manager and as Public Services Administrator with responsibility for Public Works operations, as well as undertaking other special projects, programs, and policy initiatives.

George is currently the Deputy City Manager with the City of Boca Raton, where he has had the opportunity to use his experience, knowledge, and expertise to oversee Public Safety, Development Services, Human Resources, General Administration, and Financial Services, among other functions.  Mr. Brown facilitates inter-governmental and institutional relations, and he is responsible for legislative review, the City’s lobbying efforts, and complex policy analysis, development, and implementation. He has also several times served concurrently as Boca Raton’s Development Services Director.


Peter Cruise

PETER L. CRUISE, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Public Ethics Academy and Affiliate Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University.  Both his academic and professional careers have been focused on improving the ethical climate in public sector programs and organizations. Since graduating with his Ph.D. in Public Administration from FAU in 1995, he taught ethics and organizational behavior in both undergraduate and graduate students in universities such as California State University-Chico, Golden Gate University, Louisiana State University and Mary Baldwin University. Before beginning his academic life, his professional career started in West Palm Beach in the early 1980s, working at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Palm Beach Blood Bank, and later at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart.  In addition to many published articles, he is the co-editor of the Handbook of Organization Theory and Management: The Philosophical Approach (2nd Edition, 2006).  In April 2015, he was selected by the faculty the College of Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University as a Distinguished Alumnus.

Russell Muñiz

Russell Muniz was appointed Town Clerk of the Town of Southwest Ranches in March 2014. In January 2015, he was appointed Assistant Town Administrator. He has been serving South Florida municipalities since 1995. Russell served as the president of the Broward County Municipal Clerks Association, the Vice President of the South Florida Government Finance Officers and City Clerks Association, and a member of the Broward County City Managers Association. Russell earned his MPA at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2009 and he currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.

Dale Pazdra

Dale Pazdra joined the City of Coral Springs in 2006 as the Director of Human Resources. Dale has held increasingly responsible positions in the field of Human Resources serving in a leadership/management capacity for the last two decades.  He has extensive experience in compensation, human resource systems, employee relations, benefits, recruitment, leadership development, compliance and policy administration making him a well-rounded generalist.  He has served on multiple cross-functional teams and lead quality initiatives to improve the delivery of HR services focusing on service excellence and high levels of employee satisfaction. He has served on the South Florida IPMA-HR executive board since 2012 and has been teaching undergraduate Human Resource courses at a local university since 2011. He graduated from Barry University with a MPA degree in 2010 and Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science (Management) degree in 1990. he currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.

Kathy Shurte

Kathy Shurte has served in the public sector for almost two decades, working in local and state government.  She is currently the District Four Organizational Development Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation, and primarily functions as an internal consultant, helping people and offices work better.  Kathy, a Pioneer Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) and a Certified Public Manager (CPM), graduated from Nova Southeastern University and holds certificates in Training, OD, and HRD.  She earned Florida Davis Productivity Awards for design and cost efficiencies gained with the FDOT Management Academy, and for Improved Accessibility to Specialized Trainings. She is active in ATD’s professional organization, having served both locally and nationally.  Kathy has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences, and has been published in several books.  She also chaired the committee that developed the American National Standard for Certificate Programs for ASTM International. Kathy currently serves as a member of the FAU School of Public Administration Advisory Board.