Dr. Gene Sale, dean and associate professor in the School of Education and Behavioral Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, will step aside from his leadership role to focus on teaching, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Gene Fant announced Tuesday.
“I am so grateful for your diligent service as the dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies,” Fant said. “Your advocacy for your team and your sincere love for your students, staff and faculty are remarkable, and I am glad that you have indicated that you would like to remain in a teaching role as you transition from your deanship at the end of the academic year.”
Sale will begin full-time teaching this fall. A dean search committee will be announced soon, Fant said.
Sale’s background includes extensive experience in both counseling psychology and academia as an educator, administrator and practitioner. In 1995, he began his career in Christian higher education since 1995 at Liberty University, where his responsibilities included teaching introductory and upper division courses in psychology as well as developing, taping and monitoring on-line courses. He joined Palm Beach Atlantic in 2001, as an associate professor of psychology in the graduate counseling program. He served as interim dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies in 2009 and became dean of the school in 2010. During his tenure as dean, he supervised the development of several innovative programs including the first counseling program outreach to earthquake trauma victims in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, the Cancer Related Fatigue program that supports cancer patients through an exercise science program designed to improve energy and well-being, and the International Student Teaching semester.
He serves the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court as guardian ad litem, where he represents to the court the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children. He was founder and president of The Global Partnerships Initiative, which links resources in education, social services, humanitarian services and economic development. He served as the founding president of South Florida Association of Christian Counselors, a regional counseling association established for the purposes of networking, professional development and obtaining continuing education units.
Sale was founder and president of The Metrocenter for Counseling, a Christian counseling practice in Washington, D.C., where he conducted individual, marital, and family therapy as a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor. He established a counseling and staff development program for Youth for Tomorrow, a residential program for at-risk youth in Manassas, Virginia. He also developed and maintained the parenting skills program for the parents of youth in the program, and originated and directed the community-based aftercare program. As a congressional fellow and later as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, he conducted research and coordinated congressional hearings on the impact of federal policy on issues related to children, youth and families. While in Washington, Sale worked as a policy analyst with the Family Research Council. As a regional director with Campus Crusade for Christ, Sale supervised and provided staff development for full-time staff of three campus teams in developing an interdenominational ministry to college students.
He received his Doctor of Education degree in counseling psychology from the University of Sarasota, a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Liberty University, a Master of Arts degree from the International School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas.