Palm Beach Atlantic University Interim President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. today announced the appointment of John Kautz III as Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning.
Kautz, who has more than 30 years of experience working in higher education, will serve as a member of the President’s senior staff and will oversee the departments of Campus Safety, Facilities and Construction, and Campus Information Services.
Kautz has been employed by Southeastern University in Lakeland for the past 27 years, presently as vice president for finance and administration where he supervised the financial, administrative and marketing operations. He played a key role in the university’s transformation over the past 12 years, resulting in a three-fold increase in enrollment and significant growth in assets.
“I have known and respected John as a colleague for many years. His energy and drive for excellence have resulted in impressive gains for the university,” Fleming said. “His dedication to Christian higher education is singular in the nation. With increasing growth in the size and scope of Palm Beach Atlantic, both physically and academically, his role will be to connect the University’s vision with economic opportunities.”
Fleming said that Palm Beach Atlantic is financially strong and that enrollment for the upcoming academic year is solid. Construction of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus bordered by I-95 and Parker Avenue just north of Southern Boulevard is moving forward.
Kautz said that joining Palm Beach Atlantic is a natural progression in his higher education career. “At this juncture in my service to the educational community, I am extremely honored to accept the invitation to be part of PBA's dynamic program,” he said.
While at Southeastern, he developed the first business majors, management and accounting, offered at the college. The information technology department that he led received a special commendation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). He directed the design and construction of $55 million in new and renovated facilities, including residence halls, campus restaurant, student union, gymnasium/ fitness center, chapel, business and education building, roads and parking lots, pedestrian walkways and landscapes.
A certified public accountant, Kautz holds an MBA from Drury College and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of South Florida. He served on 10 accrediting teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Kautz lives in Lakeland and is a member of the Assemblies of God.
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees, with campuses in West Palm Beach, Orlando and Wellington. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service. For additional information, visit our Web site: http://www.pba.edu.