The Fall 2022 semester opened with the largest incoming class in PBA’s history: 844 new freshmen and transfer students. They hailed from 42 states and 37 countries. During Welcome Week they moved into their residence halls, met fellow Sailfish and participated in foundational PBA experiences, such as serving through Workship and practicing servant leadership.
In addition to the four chapel services offered each week, Palm Beach Atlantic presents Christival, an annual celebration of faith, worship and learning. In that forum, Ethiopian native Birhanu van der Riet spoke of his journey of faith and challenges he’s faced. “I was praying that God would lead me to a community that would encourage me and spur me to His love and to follow Him,” he said. “I’m so grateful for the PBA community, and ultimately I’m so grateful that God led me here to this place.”
An architect’s rendering of the six-story building graces the front and back covers of this President’s Report. The image on this page shows the dramatic, two-story atrium that will welcome visitors to the Rinker School. The new building to house the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business will become the “crown jewel” of the PBA campus, predicted Dr. Brian Strow, dean of the business school.
John J. Rinker remembers fondly when Palm Beach Atlantic broke ground for the first home of the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business in 1990. “This stands out because all three sons were there with our father, shovels in hand, and participated in the ceremony,” he said. “The fact that it was tied together with PBA makes it special.”