Trustees and Leadership

Board of Trustees Chairman Scott G. Hawkins addresses the audience at a PBA commencement.
 Chairman of the Board of Trustees Scott G. Hawkins addresses the audience at PBA's commencement.

Since its inception, strong Christians who are also visionaries and people of integrity have led Palm Beach Atlantic University. At PBA, we believe our mission and vision should be expressed through our leaders:


President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. is well known in Florida and in higher education circles nationwide. He joined Palm Beach Atlantic in 1992 as vice president of development. Previously he served in several administrative roles at Wingate University and Guilford College, both in North Carolina.

President Fleming was elected 8th president of Palm Beach Atlantic University on May 7, 2012, after serving as interim president for the previous 14 months.


Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. became Palm Beach Atlantic’s provost and chief academic officer on June 1, 2014. 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.


Board of Trustees

PBA’s Board of Trustees provides oversight for the University and also sets PBA’s mission and vision.

Our trustees are: Scott G. Hawkins, Esq., Chairman; Rev. Walter B. Arnold III; Chandra Bill-Rabenecker; Ginger Bills; William Blodgett, Treasurer; William C. Bradford ’96 MBA; Cathleen Burk; Scott Cahill; Wayne W. Cotton; Merrill Eastman; John P. Greene III; Dr. John M. Gregory; Daniel A. Hanley, Esq.; James C. Jenkins, Vice Chairman; R. Marshall Jones; John M. (Jack) Kilduff; Mami Kisner; Richard A. Krause; Robert Lafferty; John W. Little III, Esq., Secretary; Barbara Moore; Dr. Thomas R. Pledger; Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp; Gary Schroeder; Dr. James H. Scroggins IV; Robert W. Simpson; Michael J. Stevens; Hon. W. Matthew Stevenson; Karl H. Watson; Scott Whitaker.


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"He modeled the life of Christ. He was the greatest relationship builder I have ever witnessed and he served as the University's captain through times of turbulence and abundance.”

— Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr.