Palm Beach Atlantic University Provost Dr. Gene Fant announced today that Dr. Barton Starr, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will retire effective June 30. An acting dean will be named as the University launches a national search, Fant said. Starr has served the University as dean and professor of history for nine years. The School of Arts and Sciences is PBA's largest school offering 15 majors with 45 full-time faculty and 509 students. "Dean Starr is a true teaching scholar, a gentle servant of Christ, and a trusted advisor and colleague," Fant said. "He has been a transformational leader for the School of Arts and Sciences, and Palm Beach Atlantic University is stronger because of his dedication to excellence. Chief among his legacy is the Summer Undergraduate Academic Research program, which allows high-achieving students and faculty to collaborate on leading edge research."