May 7, 2012, after serving as interim president for the previous 14 months. Up to that time, he served Palm Beach Atlantic as vice president for development, joining the University in 1992.
Under President Fleming's leadership, the University has gained significant momentum as illustrated by ratings as a “best” choice in U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, and inclusion in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. During President Fleming's tenure, enrollment has grown from 3,668 (2011) to 3,843 (2017).
The University has established five Centers of Excellence; The LeMieux Center for Public Policy, the David and Leighan Rinker Center for Experiential Learning, the Gregory Center for Medical Missions and the Center for Integrative Science Learning and the Titus Center for Franchising.
PBA was chosen as a model for community engagement by the NCAA Division II; and increased its local economic impact to $403 million in 2018. In addition, the 80-acre Rinker Athletic Campus opened on Sept. 4, 2014. President Fleming has been instrumental in raising more than $175 million for Palm Beach Atlantic during his tenure as vice president for development and president.
Prior to coming to Palm Beach Atlantic, Fleming served in several administrative roles at Wingate University and Guilford College, both in North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Guilford. Judson University in Illinois presented him with an honorary doctorate degree.
Civic and community engagements include:
St Mary’s Medical Center Board Member
Former Forum Club of the Palm Beaches Board Member
2016-19 Chairman Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF)
Past President of two Rotary Clubs; Member West Palm Beach Rotary Club
Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Trustee
Boy Scout of America Silver Beaver Award Recipient
William M. B. Fleming, Jr. was elected 8th president of Palm Beach Atlantic University on
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