|Palm Beach Atlantic University Interim President William M.B. Fleming Jr. delivers the annual State of the University address to faculty and staff during Community Day chapel on Monday (8/22). The theme of President Fleming's address was "Lead by Example."|
Employees of Palm Beach Atlantic University ushered in the new academic year on Monday during Community Day, a traditional time of prayer and fellowship for the University’s faculty and staff held in the week before classes begin.
Interim President William M.B. Fleming welcomed new and current employees by revealing a new theme for the 2011-2012 school year: Lead by Example.
He called on those in attendance to approach their tasks "in a way that makes you a leader because you are a follower of Christ."
"Will you join me in staking a claim," he said, "that as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can commit to lead by example in a way that others will recognize?"
He also spoke about hope as it relates to Psalm 31:24, "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord."
"Hope is a good thing, and at this Christ-first university, we have hope," Interim President Fleming said.
This year, PBA began a new tradition by inviting employees and their families to participate in a prayer vigil on Sunday evening. About 250 people met at five locations across campus to pray for the coming year, Interim President Fleming said.
Monday’s observance was held in the DeSantis Family Chapel and also included a luncheon presentation of PBA’s Employee Service Awards at the Rubin Arena.
This year’s Employee of the Year award went to Director of Admissions Jamie Zugelder. He is known for his quick response to emails and phone calls from prospective students and parents, even late into the night, Interim President Fleming said.
"If it weren’t for my team, I couldn’t do anything," said Zugelder, who joined the admissions staff as a senior admissions counselor in 2006. "What they do speaks for itself."
Zugelder graduated from PBA in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business management, and he earned an MBA from the University in 2005. As an undergraduate, he worked part time in Student Activities.
In 2010, Zugelder was promoted to director of admissions, a job that sometimes demands long hours.
"Some consider me a workaholic," Zugelder said. "I consider it more that I’m here to serve."
In nominating him for the award, Zugelder’s colleagues described him as a person who leads by example. If he does not know the answer to a question, he asks and delivers, his peers said. Additionally, he is always exceeding his goals and encouraging others, they said.