The Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. School of Business
Full Name: Joe J. Eassa
Professor of Graduate Business Studies
A.A., B.S.B.A., University of Florida; MBA, Florida Atlantic University; DBA, Nova Southeastern University.
Before coming to PBA part-time in 1975, then full-time since January 1977, Dr. Eassa served in various positions in both the private and public sectors. These positions include President of Eassa and Associates Mortgage Banking, Senior Vice President for New Business Development for Central Bank of Palm Beach County, Acting City Manager and later City Clerk and Insurance Administrator for the City of West Palm Beach (received City Commission’s Award for Excellent Achievement), and Village Manager for North Palm Beach (received Village Council’s Award for Outstanding Service).Throughout his academic career Dr. Eassa has served in the role of Professional Management Consultant (fee basis) to many small business and as well as to a law firm and a dental firm; also, for three years to Philip’s Company (Fortune 500).In earlier years while teaching simultaneously he served our institution as Assistant to the President, Acting Executive Vice President, Dean of Administrative and Financial Affairs; later as Associate Dean, then Acting Dean for the Rinker School of Business.In 1979 he developed the PBA’s undergraduate program in Accounting which was approved by the Florida Institute of CPA’s. In 1988 he was named the Alexander Proudfoot Skills Professor of Business and in September 1988 he was the recipient of the Ann Gold Distinguished Professor Award.He founded PBA’s first graduate program, the MBA and it was inaugurated under his leadership in August 1989.In November 1997 the Rinker MBA Association established the Dr. Joe J. Eassa, Jr. MBA Scholarship, now an endowed scholarship which is the largest scholarship for MBA students in the state of Florida created in honor of a College or University faculty member.His other accomplishments include the major role he played in the formation of the University’s annual American Free Enterprise Day, selection as an integral one for the feature piece by the national television program Truth That Transforms to provide a Christian perspective that led to the ethical breakdown of the investment house collapses of 2008 as well the precursors such as Enron and World.com (aired throughout the U.S. and abroad in 2011). He has served as a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship, is a Sustaining Member of the Presidential Counselors (1984-2001), served as Co-Chairman of the Faculty-Staff Campaign,(1994), served as Chairman of the Faculty Gift’s Division (1986), and since 1977 has served as a Chairperson, Discussant, and Reviewer for the Leadership, Management Consultant, Management Education, and Management History divisions of the Academy of Management, and as a Chairperson for the Organization Behavior division of the Southern Management Association in 2011.He has been appointed to serve as Chairperson for the Management History division paper session – “Cooperation in Industry Development, Stewardship, and Scholarship” for the Annual Meeting of the August 3-7, 2012 Academy of Management Conference to be held in Boston, Massachusetts.Moreover, Dr. Eassa is appointed the Session Chairperson for ANTECEDENTS AND OUTCOMES OF PAY DISPARITY; also, he is appointed the Session Chairperson for SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL ETHICS; and Session Chairperson for GETTING THE JOB AND LIFE AS AN EMPLOYEE; these three appointments are for the Annual Conference of the SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION to be held at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., October 30-November 3, 2012.Dr. Eassa is a past member of the Advisory Board for both Bethune-Cookman University and Florida Southern College.In 1949 he joined the United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches and over the years his service includes membership on the Board of Trustees, Church Lay Leader, and Sunday School teacher for the Semper Fidelis senior’s class. *Received PBA's Annual Outstanding Teaching Award