FAR Advisory Council

Robert C. Dickeson, Ph.D.

President Emeritus, University of Northern Colorado

Robert C. Dickeson is the president emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, past president of the Association of Public College and University Presidents, and co-founder of the Lumina Foundation for Education, now the nation’s largest private supporter of initiatives to increase college graduation rates. He also has served as Colorado’s commissioner to the Education Commission of the States and as a member of the Commission on Minorities in Higher Education. Currently, he is president and principal of Academic Strategy Partners. A graduate of the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. Dickeson is the author of more than 200 publications on higher education and public administration, including Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services (Second edition, 2010).

Michael C. Maibach

Managing Director, James Wilson Institute

Michael C. Maibach is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, and Managing Director of the James Wilson Institute for Natural Rights and the American Founding. A seasoned professional in global business diplomacy, he previously served as President & CEO of the European-American Business Council, as well as Vice President of Global Government Affairs at the Intel Corporation. He serves on the Boards of the Witherspoon Institute, the Faith & Law Institute, ConSource, and the Society of Classical Poets. As an undergraduate, he was elected to the DeKalb County Board in Illinois, becoming the first person under 21 years of age elected to public office in U.S. history. A self-professed “lifelong learner,” Mr. Maibach has three BA degrees and three, soon to be four, MA degrees.

Brenda Pejovich

CEO, BFG Management Company LLC

Brenda Pejovich began her entrepreneurial career at the age of 23 by building a large-scale operations consulting firm which she sold to a Fortune 1000 firm. She has leveraged her involvement in many successful ventures by applying business principles to non-profit organizations, state agencies, and public service. Ms. Pejovich has received four gubernatorial appointments requiring Senate confirmation, including the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (2010-2017) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (2007-2010). She is a recognized leader in the promotion of free market ideas across the United States and Europe.

Ms. Pejovich is a board member of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, co-founder of the Professor Svetozar Pejovich Future Leaders Award for undergraduate economics students, and a prime sponsor of the World War II Memorial located on the Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas.

Edward M. Robinson

CEO of Ten Talents, LLC

Edward M. Robinson is the founder and CEO of Ten Talents, LLC, an advisory firm based on the principles of excellence and good stewardship in the Parable of the Talents. His firm provides consulting services to entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and leaders in the corporate, education, and nonprofit fields. He also serves as the Alumni Fellow at the Open Discourse Coalition.

Mr. Robinson’s career has spanned philanthropy, real estate, public policy, and higher education, including roles in fundraising and alumni relations at Georgetown University, Harvard Law School, and the University of Virginia. He has served as vice president of development at the America’s Promise Alliance; senior advisor at Goulston & Storrs; and executive search consultant at WittKieffer.

Mr. Robinson graduated from Bucknell University in 1986, where he was class and student body president. He was a Bucknell trustee and served as a member of the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and as founding chairperson of the Bucknell Black Alumni Association.  

Mr. Robinson resides with his family in the Washington, DC, area where he has served as a volunteer/donor advocate and board member for several nonprofit organizations. In addition, he is in his 25th season of officiating high school football. 

Peter Sulick

Chairman, CEO, and President, Dynasil Corporation of America. Nasdaq: DYSL

Mr. Sulick is at the helm of Dynasil, responsible for overseeing global operations and setting the course for the future of the corporation.  He was named Chairman of the Board in 2009, Interim CEO in 2012, and President and CEO in 2014. He has been a member of the Board since June of 2008.

Mr. Sulick came to Dynasil from Prism Microwave, where he was Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer. Prism provided RF conditioning products for the mobile wireless infrastructure industry. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sulick founded and led multiple broadcasting and telecommunications companies which were acquired by Nextel, T-Mobile, and others. Early in his career Mr. Sulick worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. and International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT) Corporation, both in NYC. 

Mr. Sulick received a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel and his MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts. His professional successes and lifelong commitment to service were honored when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Entrepreneurship from The Citadel in 2015.

Mr. Sulick is the Chairman, Emeritus of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, which he has served on for approximately 20 years. He has been on the Board of The Citadel Foundation since 2008 currently serving as the Chair of the Audit Committee and past Treasurer.  He has been on The Citadel Baker School of Business Advisory board since 2002.  Mr. Sulick has funded a named endowed chair in accounting for a visiting Professorship at The Citadel. 

Mr. Sulick enjoys racing sailboats and playing with his grandchildren during his spare time.

Siri A. Terjesen, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and External Relations and Phil Smith Professor of Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University

Siri A. Terjesen is associate dean for research & external relations and the Phil Smith Professor of Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She is also the founding executive director of FAU’s Madden Center for Value Creation and serves as a professor at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. Dr. Terjesen is a nationally recognized expert in higher education, strategic management, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy, with over 80 peer-reviewed academic articles and citations that rank her amongst the world’s top 2% most-cited scholars.

In 2023, she was named a Heritage Foundation Freedom & Opportunity academic prize winner and an IHS Distinguished Fellow for the Study of Liberalism and a Free Society. She was appointed to the U.S. National Board for Education Sciences, and has advised non-profits in philanthropy and higher education as well as organizations such as the World Bank and European Commission.

She has been recognized as the FAU College of Business’s most outstanding teacher and as Indiana University’s Sauvain Undergraduate Professor of the Year, among other honors.  

Dr. Terjesen received her B.S. from the University of Richmond, her M.B.A. from the Norwegian School of Economics as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, her Ph.D. from Cranfield University in the U.K., and completed postdoctoral work at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. She was a member of the U.S. national team to several world championships, and has won over 40 marathons and ultramarathons around the world.

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