Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University


Palm Beach Atlantic University

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Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a comprehensive nondenominational (26 denominations represented in the student body) faith-based university with a core emphasis on character formation by integrating a Christian worldview with the liberal arts and selected professional studies. It is located in West Palm Beach, Florida approximately one mile (1.6 km) from the Atlantic Ocean on the Intracoastal Waterway. Its purpose is to offer a curriculum of rigorous studies and a program of student activities dedicated to the development of lifetime learning, leadership and service to mankind. The mean SAT is 1150. The student to faculty ratio is 15:1 with 161 faculty and 134 adjunct faculty. In the process of finding a new president for the university, vice president of Development, William “Bill” M. B. Fleming, Jr. has been placed in the role of interim president.


Palm Beach Atlantic University was the vision of and was founded by Dr. Jess C. Moody in 1968 while he was the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. He served until the first class graduated in 1972 and resigned from the presidency to focus on his duties at First Baptist Church. Two laymen of the church, Dr. Donald Warren and Riley Sims, became involved as trustees before the university began and continued to contribute time and support for many years. Dr. Warren served as chairman of the trustees for 38 years until 2007.

In July 1972, Dr. Warner E. Fusselle, previously...
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