Students walking on PBA campus


President's Report Watson Family Hall Choral Collaboration Racial Reconciliation Year in Review Academic Programs Budget Information Donor Support Volunteer Leaders PBA at a Glance



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President's Letter 

Circling the atrium of the DeSantis Family Chapel, 16 beautiful stained glass windows illustrate stories from the Bible. In the photo on the right, you can see four of those windows clearly. They follow the Genesis account from Noah’s ark through Jacob’s dream, which ended with God’s precious promise: “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.”

Just as those 16 windows tell of highlights along the record of God’s interaction with mankind, this annual President’s Report provides samples of how God has blessed Palm Beach Atlantic University in the academic year 2019-2020. For example:

 Watson Family Hall, our new, eight-story residence that provides 154 lovely one- and two-bedroom apartments for students;

 the Watson Family, whose generous gift of $2.5 million will be used to endow our Center for Biblical Leadership and also PBA Athletics;

 the empowering experiences that PBA music students had to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and the opera Turandot alongside Choral Society of the Palm Beaches, Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach Symphony and Palm Beach Opera;

 talented new members of the PBA team, like Christian apologist Dr. Paul M. Gould;

 four Fulbright awards (making a total of seven in just the last three years);

 faculty accomplishments, distinguished guests – the list goes on and on.

I also would note that just as the biblical account honestly lists challenges as well as triumphs, our printed report today does the same. The tragic deaths of George Floyd and others brought sorrow and anger to the University community and across the nation. But even in tragedy we can see God’s redeeming hand, because that sorrow and anger led to honest conversations and concrete actions toward racial reconciliation and equity.

In the same way, amidst the suffering and fear brought by COVID-19, we’ve seen so many in the PBA community step forward to serve in selfless and creative ways. Dr. Pat Heyman, PBA alumnus and associate dean of the School of Nursing, is just one example. He’s an accomplished medical professional who has now taken on the role of director of COVID-19 response at the University.

I’m thankful for Pat and the many others who have worked so hard to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. And I’m so proud of how our faculty adapted so quickly and creatively when we had to switch to online classes in the spring.

Finally, I’ve saved the best of the blessings for last: the hundreds of financial supporters and volunteer leaders whose names you’ll find toward the back of this publication. You gracious folks have become the hands and feet of Christ as you make possible the work of Palm Beach Atlantic. On behalf of all our students, alumni, faculty and staff, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And on a personal note, I’m so grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received from the PBA family since I came to the University in April. I’ve seen that here we have community like no other institution.

As a community then, let us thank God for the many ways He blessed Palm Beach Atlantic over the past year, as we look forward with excitement to His blessings ahead.





Dr. Debra A. Schwinn


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