Joe Sharp has been named executive director of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Orlando Campus.
Sharp has served as the director of graduate, evening and online admissions for the University since May 2016. In that role, he oversaw recruitment activities for all programs designed for adult learners and those interested in pursuing their graduate degrees. He has pioneered new community partnerships and connected non-traditional students with resources to help them finish their degrees.
Sharp joined PBA as dean of admissions in 2008, after serving as executive director of adult and continuing education enrollment management for another university. Vice President for Admissions Tim Worley said Sharp has faithfully served PBA for more than 12 years, offering professional and spiritual leadership to the Admissions team.
“We are excited for Joe as he steps into this very critical role for PBA,” Worley said. “Joe’s experience in leading teams and his unique knowledge of the adult learner make him a great selection to lead the Orlando Campus.”
The campus is in the modern Millenia Lakes One building, just off I-4 near Florida’s Turnpike in South Orlando. In Sharp’s role, he will oversee day-to-day operations, including Admissions, Marketing and Community Outreach. Sharp said he’s excited to work with the faculty and staff, who have a well-deserved reputation for how much they care for students.
“They really embrace students and make them feel like part of a family,” Sharp said. “We’ve got a wonderful foundation on which to build. We have to make more people aware of that.”
PBA Orlando offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees with the same exceptional quality, personal attention and Christian worldview of the University’s other programs. Bachelor’s degrees include ministry, Christian studies, psychology, organizational leadership and an online RN to BSN degree. Master’s programs include mental health counseling, school counseling, leadership, divinity and Christian studies.
For Sharp, a highlight of adult higher education is seeing how students benefit both professionally and personally from achieving their goals.
“When we can be a part of that, there’s nothing better,” Sharp said.
Sharp earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University, now University of Louisiana at Monroe, in 1981. He earned his Master of Business Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University in 1991.
Photo: Joe Sharp, director of graduate, evening and online admissions, is the new executive director of the Orlando Campus.