Provost Retires, New Academic Leader Named

Dr. Joseph A. Kloba

Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. announced today the retirement of the University’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Joseph A. Kloba. Joining the University in 1995 to lead the graduate counseling program, Dr. Kloba was promoted to associate provost in 1998 and has served as provost for nearly 11 years.

President Fleming noted the list of academic accomplishments that have punctuated Dr. Kloba’s years as provost, including the first graduating classes of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing, the outstanding performance of those classes in their respective licensing examinations, the expansion of the University’s Orlando Campus, the development of the Wellington Campus and the growth of the online program. The faculty has increased 37 percent under his leadership.

Dr. Kloba received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Ed. D. from the University of Rochester. He completed additional studies at the State University of New York at Brockport and the University of Arizona in Guadalajara, Mexico. He and his wife, Sandy, have one adult son, Christopher.

“For nearly 20 years, Joe Kloba has served Palm Beach Atlantic with distinction,” President Fleming said. “He has been a champion for the integration of Christian faith into the curriculum. Countless students have benefited from his special abilities as an educator and counselor.”

 Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

President Fleming announced the appointment of Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. as Palm Beach Atlantic’s new provost and chief academic officer effective June 1. Dr. Fant has served as executive vice president for academic administration and dean of the faculty at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He co-led the development of the Union 2015 Strategic Plan. Prior to his current role, Dr. Fant served as vice president of academic administration and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and previously chaired the 10-member English department at Union.

Dr. Fant earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a master’s of arts in English from Old Dominion University and a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While at the University of Southern Mississippi, he earned a master of education and a doctor of philosophy degree in English literature. Additionally, he holds a certificate in educational management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

“An advocate for the liberal arts and a trained theologian, Gene Fant is an innovative, 21st century higher education leader,” President Fleming said. “He was the architect of significant initiatives that propelled Union University forward by numerous measurements. Moreover, he understands the heartbeat of the students.”

Dr. Fant and his wife, Lisa, are parents to twins, Ethan and Emily. Dr. Fant’s father, Gene C. Fant, Sr., is a retired pastor, and his mother, Mona Faith Fant, is a syndicated radio host, songwriter and country-gospel artist.