Lead Independent Director
Dr. Denise Dickins has served as a Board member since 2007. Since 2006, she has been employed by East Carolina University where she is currently an Associate Professor of Accounting and Auditing. She teaches courses in Auditing and Corporate Governance. From 2002 to 2006, while earning her Ph.D., she was an instructor of various accounting courses at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to that, she was with Arthur Andersen LLP where she served in varying capacities from 1983 to 2002, including Partner in Charge of the South Florida Audit Division. Dr. Dickins is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor. Dr. Dickins has served on the board of directors of three other publicly traded companies: Steiner Leisure Ltd. (chair of the audit committee and a member of the governance and nominating committee) until its sale in December 2015, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (chair of the audit committee) until resigning in October 2015, and TradeStation Group, Inc. (lead director, chair of the nominating committee and member of the audit and compensation committees) until its sale in June 2011. Dr. Dickins brings auditing, accounting, and corporate governance skills to the Board. She serves as chair of the Audit Committee and as the chair of the Compensation Committee. She is also a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee.