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Titus Center for Franchising

A PBA Presidential Center of Excellence

Logo for the Titus Franchising Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M.B. Fleming Jr. (center) with A.J. and Ray Titus at announcement of the Titus Franchising Center of Excellence at PBA. A.J. Titus is PBA graduate.

PBA President William M.B. Fleming Jr. (center) with A.J. (left) and Ray Titus. A.J. Titus is PBA graduate.

The Titus Center for Franchising offers academic coursework in franchising leading to a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in franchising.

Housed in the Rinker School of Business, the Center also offers certificate programs in a wide variety of topics related to franchising, including how to buy a franchise, how to franchise a business, franchise marketing and sales, franchise operations, franchise field support, international franchise expansion, master franchisee development and more.

The Center offers a franchise internship program, as well as job shadowing opportunities at the franchise world headquarters of United Franchise Group.

The Titus Center for Franchising was made possible by an endowment from Ray Titus, who, with his father, founded Signarama more than 30 years ago. Since then, Mr. Titus formed United Franchise Group, which currently includes eight brands and supports nearly 1,500 franchisees in more than 80 countries.

At the time of the endowment, Mr. Titus said, “United Franchise Group is investing in Palm Beach Atlantic University with the creation of the Titus Center to educate and promote the importance of this business sector as a viable and global career opportunity for students."

PBA President William M.B. Fleming Jr. said, “Franchising captures the entrepreneurial spirit of Marshall E. “Doc” Rinker, the business pioneer who founded Rinker Materials and the namesake of our business school. The Titus Center characterizes that spirit and the ideals of free enterprise that are foundational principles of Palm Beach Atlantic University.”