Senior Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations
Prior to his current role at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Marc served as Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Western Kentucky University and as the President of the WKU Foundation, where he managed a $70 million endowment.
Between 1984 and 2000, Archambault worked in several different nonprofit and higher education capacities. He served as a direct marketing and marketing/promotions manager for the nation’s top academic publisher, University of Chicago Press; in the public information office of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA; as the Executive Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology in Houston, Texas; and at the University of Houston main campus, first as a financial officer in the College of Natural Sciences, later as a federal grant writer and administrator, and ultimately as the Associate Director of Grants and Contracts for the University of Houston system.
Marc began his development career in 2000. During Purdue University’s $1.7 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, Archambault became the first advancement officer for the university’s Department of Biological Sciences and by 2002 had been promoted to Senior Director of Foundation Relations for Purdue’s statewide system. There he posted double-digit growth in private foundation awards in three successive years, culminating in a $41 million annual total. He was then tapped to continue in his foundation relations role while also serving as Senior Director of Advancement for Discovery Park, a multi-center research complex focused on advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, information technology, energy science, bioscience, advanced digital pedagogical resources and entrepreneurship. He also served as a member of the Purdue’s sole source grant committee and was the principle liaison between the Development unit and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Following the conclusion of Purdue’s campaign in 2007, he went on to serve as Vice President of College Advancement at Harvey Mudd College, achieving record annual giving performance of nearly $5 million per year. In 2010, assumed the dual roles of Vice President of Development and Alumni at UVU and President of the UVU Foundation and was charged with professionalizing both units. During his five years at UVU, the institution attracted nearly $60 million in gifts and pledges, more than in all preceding years in the school’s 70-year history combined. In 2014, the national bell-weather organization for higher education fund raising – the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) –recognized his UVU team as the most improved program in the nation among peer institutions.
Recruited to Western Kentucky University in 2015, Archambault led the institution’s advancement team to successive record years in fundraising outcomes, raising over $36 million in new gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2017 and boosting the institution’s deferred gift inventory by 20 percent to $120 million while positioning the institution for a future comprehensive capital campaign. At both UVU and WKU’s institutionally related foundations, he led the organizations to their first-ever clean audits and implemented an array of best practices that strengthened their financial health and ability to support the university.
He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where he earned baccalaureate degrees in both English and Physics in 1984. His Physics thesis was on mass spectrometry and he also completed an internship in Radiation Physics at Oak Ridge National Lab. Marc holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His wife of 33 years, Dr. Amy McGough, is a now-retired former member of Purdue University’s biophysics faculty who specialized in cryo-electron microscopy. Prior to her retirement, Amy went on to serve as a development professional at Purdue University, University of California Riverside, and the Keck Graduate Institute.
Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning
Rodney Cruise joined ERAU in March of 2013. He provides leadership and direction for Institutional Efficiency, and Facilities and Capital Planning Departments at the University Administration level. He also supports Plant Operations, Human Resources, and Campus Safety for the Daytona Beach Campus.
Rodney joined ERAU from Sodexo, where he held multiple leadership positions. His last role with Sodexo was Vice President of Business Development. During his tenure with Sodexo, he served on multiple national and international teams that included complex efficiency and IT projects. He also served as the National Chairperson for the Sodexo Organization of Latinos and supported multiple diversity initiatives.
Locally, Rodney has served on the board of Halifax Habitat for Humanity. During his tenure on the board, he was recognized as Board Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Daytona Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, FireSpring Fund, Hope Place, and is a member of the Beachside Redevelopment Committee. Additionally, he serves as Vice-Chair of the Facilities Planning Advisory Committee at Daytona State.
Additionally, Rodney was recognized in 2011 as Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Volusia and Flagler County. He also was presented the Community Legacy Award in 2013 by the Community Foundation of Volusia and Flagler.
Randy Howard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Randy Howard joined Embry-Riddle as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2014.
During his 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, he held a variety of positions, including Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Administration at the Naval Postgraduate School, Comptroller Squadron Commander for Ellsworth Air Force Base, Senior Financial Economist for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Cost and Economics, and Chief Financial Officer of the Air Force Academy.
After retiring from the Air Force in 2006, Howard joined Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., as Associate Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer. Three years later he was promoted to his most recent position, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer. In that role, he was involved in all the business and financial operations of the university, responsible for budgets totaling more than $500 million. Howard supervised finance and business services, state and federal government relations, human resources, internal audit and advisory services, auxiliary services, facilities master planning, and building construction. He was also a member of the Ball State University Foundation board.
Howard holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College.
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Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research; Dean, College of Engineering
Frank Ayers, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Prescott Campus
Dr. Frank Ayers is the Chancellor of the Prescott, Arizona campus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. As Chancellor, he is responsible for leading more than 2,000 students and 350 employees. He oversees a full range of academic, operational and professional activities and sets strategic direction in academics, business operations, enrollment management, academic support, financial aid and student life. His other responsibilities include leadership at the University Cabinet level, philanthropic initiatives and external relationships with government and industry. He is a Professor of Aeronautical Science.
Previously, he was chairman of the flight training department at the University's Daytona Beach, Florida Campus. In that position, he managed a staff of 250 personnel, training more than 1,000 students annually, and flying more than 70,000 flight hours per year.
From 2003-2005, Ayers was principal investigator for the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) research program. In that capacity, he supervised a team of researchers at Embry-Riddle and the University of North Dakota, partnering with industry to develop scenario-based and flight training-based curricula. The FITS curriculum has been adopted by the FAA as the standard for general aviation training in the United States. For his efforts, Ayers was named the recipient of the University Aviation Association’s 2005 Frank E. Sorenson Award, for “the professional educator who has made substantial contributions to the field of aviation research and scholarship.”
Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, Ayers was in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, serving as a B-52 instructor pilot, commander of a B-52 Training Squadron, group commander and chief of Joint Military Education Policy at the Pentagon, among other assignments. He earned an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, with type ratings in the Boeing 757 and 767, and is a certified flight instructor. Ayers has logged more than 6,000 flight hours in a wide variety of aircraft types.
Ayers received a B.A. in History from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of the “Senior Leaders in Government” seminar at Harvard University, and the Air Force Flight Safety Officer Course at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Ayers is the 2013 inductee in the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Aviation Hall of Fame, for notable achievement in the fields of aerospace and aviation.
Dr. Ayers is married to the former Deborah Jane Noss, and they have two children, Michael and Clifden.
John Watret, Ph.D., FRAeS
Chancellor, Worldwide Campus
Dr. John Watret, Chancellor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide provides leadership and strategic direction that fosters growth, maintains academic integrity and promotes efficient operations for the Worldwide Headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida and the over 130 campus locations worldwide.
Under his leadership, the Worldwide campus, which serves more than 23,000 students annually, has experienced an increase in accredited programs, an expansion of highly qualified faculty and staff, and the introduction of research initiatives all of which help to advance the university’s relationships throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. In 2016 and 2017, U.S. News & World Report named Embry-Riddle Worldwide number one in the country for online bachelor degrees.
Watret is active with organizations both nationally and internationally, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Asia, Ltd. in Singapore; as an appointed board member for the University of Florida Online Campus; as a elected member for the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors; and as a board member for the Aerospace Alliance, Inc. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) and has been a featured speaker and panelist at several national and international conferences. During his 26-year tenure with the University, Dr. Watret has served in several administration roles and he is a tenured Professor of Mathematics.
A licensed private pilot, he holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Mathematics, both from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Ormond Beach, Florida and have one daughter.
Anne Broderick Botteri
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Anne Broderick Botteri was named Vice President for Marketing and Communications in 2017. She is responsible for marketing; branding; news; research communications; digital, social and multimedia strategy; creative services; and events and sponsorships for Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, Prescott, Arizona, and Worldwide locations.
Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, Anne was Associate Vice President for Advancement Communications and Donor Relations at the University of Central Florida Foundation, where she provided strategic communications counsel, creative, editorial and planning oversight for a 120-member advancement team engaged in the launch of a $500 million capital campaign.
Her higher education experience includes leading communications, fundraising, and government relations teams. Previously, she was Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and Executive Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm.
Prior to her work in higher education, Anne served as Chief of Staff of a federal agency within the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. She has a B.A. in English from Saint Anselm College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.
Vice President and General Counsel
Charlie Sevastos joined Embry-Riddle as an Associate General Counsel in 2007 and was appointed General Counsel in 2011, responsible for all legal matters affecting the university.
Prior to Embry-Riddle, Charlie’s twenty-five year legal career started as a trial attorney in both criminal and civil litigation. He held positions as an Assistant Public Defender and as trial counsel with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Charlie was awarded Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law by The Florida Bar during his time as a litigator. Board Certification is a level of expertise held by only 7% of Florida lawyers.
Charlie’s service in the United States Army began with Infantry and Airborne training, then assignment to an Infantry brigade in the Panama Canal Zone. The brigade performed a variety of missions, including physical security of the Panama Canal and long term field deployments, training visiting military units in counter-guerrilla operations, for the Jungle Operations Training Center at Ft. Sherman, Panama. From Panama Charlie returned to the U.S. for fifteen months of flight training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and graduated as a Warrant Officer with two advanced aircraft qualifications. Charlie was then assigned to a Combat Aviation Battalion in Germany as a flight officer, and flew the AH-1S Cobra Helicopter during his tour of duty there.
Charlie received his B.A. with honors from Rollins College, and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. He is admitted to the Bar as an attorney in Florida, Maine, the District of Columbia, and the federal courts of the U.S. Middle District of Florida. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and volunteers as a mediator in small claims court in Volusia County.