The Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building is named after Ambassador Paul L. Cejas, who has been one of Florida International University’s leading champions over the past two decades.
As a member of the state Board of Regents, Ambassador Cejas was a leading force behind the establishment of the FIU School of Architecture as well as the creation of the FIU Engineering and Applied Sciences Campus, and the establishment of new graduate programs. He also made significant philanthropic gifts to the University in support of the School of Architecture.
Ambassador Cejas has long been one of Miami’s top business civic leaders. In 1998, in recognition of decades of exemplary public service, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium. He actively promoted FIU abroad in his capacity as U.S. ambassador.
In 1995, when he was a member of the Board of Regents, Ambassador Cejas actively supported FIU’s request to implement a master's degree program in architecture and establish this school. As chair of the board’s highly influential Finance and Budget Committee, his influence and leadership were critical to FIU’s success in launching the program.
A certified public accountant by training, Cejas is chairman and CEO of PLC Investments, Inc., a wholly owned company that manages portfolio investments as well as investments in real estate and venture capital projects. Cejas founded CareFlorida Health Systems, a health care firm that directed an HMO, a PPO, and a management information systems company. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and holds an honorary doctorate in Public Service from FIU.
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