Celebration to Honor Influential Business Professor’s 42 Years at PBA

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni Association will host a celebration for Professor of Graduate Business Studies Dr. Joe J. Eassa in honor of his 42 years of service to PBA.

Dr. Joe J. Eassa Jr.

During his time at PBA, Eassa has been appointed to various leadership roles and received the prestigious Professor of the Year honor. He also is the inspiration for an endowed scholarship for MBA students

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Hilton West Palm Beach on Okeechobee Boulevard. A reception will follow. Visit www.pba.edu/honoreassa to register for the event or donate to the Joe J. Eassa Scholarship Fund.

During his early career, Eassa, a West Palm Beach native, worked in various positions in both the private and public sectors. He has worked in commercial banking, the savings and loan industry and in the mortgage banking field.  

He joined the administration of the city of West Palm Beach and became acting city manager and later city clerk and insurance administrator. The City Commission recognized him for his work with its Award for Excellent Achievement. As village manager for North Palm Beach, he received Village Council’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Eassa began teaching as an adjunct professor at PBA in 1975, and in 1977 he began full-time employment. In addition to teaching, he served in such administrative roles as assistant to the president, acting executive vice president and dean of administrative and financial affairs.

He also served as associate dean, then acting dean for the Rinker School of Business. Over the years, he helped build PBA’s organizational structure and raise money for buildings and programs.

In 1979 he developed the undergraduate program in accounting, and Eassa played an important role in establishing one of PBA’s most storied traditions, American Free Enterprise Day, in 1984. In 1988 he was named the Alexander Proudfoot Skills Professor of Business, and in that same year PBA recognized him with its Professor of the Year award (now the Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching).

He founded PBA’s first graduate program, the MBA, which began under his leadership in 1989. In November 1997 the Rinker MBA Association established the Dr. Joe J. Eassa Jr. MBA Scholarship, now an endowed scholarship.

By May 1998, the group had raised more than $25,000, and the fund has grown to more than $350,000. Today, more than $15,000 annually is awarded to deserving MBA students through the yield from the scholarship fund.

Eassa is a past member of the Advisory Board for both Bethune-Cookman University and Florida Southern College. He remains active with professional organizations including the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and he earned an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a DBA degree from Nova Southeastern University.

He and his wife, Beatriz, live in Palm Beach Gardens. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Christopher Rapp, and two granddaughters.