Palm Beach Atlantic University Provost Dr. Joseph A. Kloba has announced the appointment of Dr. Gene Sale as dean of the University’s School of Education and Behavioral Studies.
Dr. Sale has served as interim dean since 2009. He came to PBA in 2001 and taught as an associate professor of psychology in the graduate counseling psychology program.
Dr. Sale said that he loves being in the classroom and directly impacting student lives. "I have a very high regard for the challenging and meaningful task of being a professor, and see my new role as doing all I can to help our faculty be successful in their calling," Dr. Sale said. "With this in mind, I am excited about the future of our school."
His background includes extensive experience in counseling psychology both as an educator as well as a practitioner. Dr. Sale is founder and president of a global network of partnerships linking resources and needs in education, social services, humanitarian services and economic development called The Global Partnerships Initiative, GPI.
He served as the founding president of the South Florida Association of Christian Counselors (SFACC), a regional counseling association for the purposes of networking, professional development and obtaining continuing education units. He also developed and taught a counseling course at a large university in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Sale was founder and president of The Metrocenter for Counseling, a successful 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, Va. 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, D.C., Dr. Sale worked as a policy analyst with the Family Research Council.
As a regional director with Campus Crusade for Christ, Dr. Sale supervised and provided staff development for full-time staff of three campus teams in developing an interdenominational ministry to college students.
Dr. Sale has worked in Christian higher education since 1995, first at Liberty University where his responsibilities included teaching introductory and upper division courses in psychology as well as developing, taping and monitoring online courses.
He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Sarasota, a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Liberty University, a Master of Arts degree from International School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Sale and his wife, Debbie, have been married 39 years and attend Christ Fellowship Church in Royal Palm Beach. Their son, Brian, is a federal agent in Los Angeles, Calif., and their daughter, Ginny, is a 2004 PBA graduate who works for the Imaging Center in West Palm Beach.