Brian Schriner is a strategic visionary, accomplished leader, change maker, fundraiser, and educator with more than 30 years of proven success in higher education. As Dean of FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), Brian has successfully engaged diverse stakeholders, developed effective advisory boards, and achieved national and global rankings for academic degree programs in CARTA’s eight disciplines, further enhancing CARTA’s reputation for innovation and excellence. Brian is steadfastly committed to driving South Florida’s technology, information, creative and cultural economies and serving FIU’s majority-minority student population (85% of CARTA’s students self-identify as part of an underrepresented minority group). Under his leadership, CARTA’s full-time annual enrollment to more than 10,000 students with 4,000 majors has quadrupled, student key performance indicators (KPIs) consistently lead the university, exceeding 90% in first to second year student retention rates, exceeding 60% 4-year graduation rates, and exceeding 75% 6-year graduation rates. In addition to expanding CARTA’s reach and impact, Brian has optimized financial stewardship, including successfully diversifying the college’s annual revenue streams and raising over $70M in auxiliary revenues and philanthropic gifts, including several 7-figure naming gifts. The most recent signature gift being a $10M gift to name the Herbert + Nicole Wertheim School of Music and Performing Arts—the largest gift to a School of Music in the State of Florida.
Brian attended the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Miami, is a past recipient of FIU’s prestigious Teaching Incentive Award, been named FIU Instructor of the Year, and has twice been named to the FIU College of Business Administration Circle of Excellence for Teaching.