Palm Beach Atlantic University

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Founded in 1968, PBA is a top-notch Christian university preparing students to lead fulfilling lives through learning, leadership and service. Founded under the providence of God with the conviction that there is a need for a university in this community that will expand the minds, develop the moral character and enrich the spiritual lives of all the people who may come within the orbit of its influence, Palm Beach Atlantic University shall stand as a witness for Jesus Christ, expressed directly through its administration, faculty, and students.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Palm Beach Atlantic University
PO BOX 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416


Phone: 888-468-6722

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 591092732

CEO/President: Debra Schwinn

Chairman: Timothy S. Sotos

Board size: 26

Founder: Jess C. Moody

Ruling year: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


PBA's vision is to be the premier, Christian university offering whole-person education that prepares students from around the globe to tackle the problems of their day with godly character, open arms and a servant's heart.

Mission statement

PBA equips students to grow in wisdom, lead with conviction and serve God boldly.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating265 of 111337 of 130
Fund acquisition rating90 of 111415 of 130
Resource allocation rating469 of 111457 of 130
Asset utilization rating635 of 111388 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$36,339,527$30,322,591$31,147,708$32,048,733$31,338,977
Short-term investments$653,948$965,686$664,325$697,605$52,349,425
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$65,873,309$51,716,714$51,643,644$50,147,337$101,756,928
Long-term investments$85,144,266$73,152,706$58,017,765$58,008,491$5,480,056
Fixed assets$101,728,130$105,837,432$110,077,635$110,668,552$114,200,309
Other long-term assets$23,662,962$13,205,807$1,084,156$521,394$194,629
Total long-term assets$210,535,358$192,195,945$169,179,556$169,198,437$119,874,994
Total assets$276,408,667$243,912,659$220,823,200$219,345,774$221,631,922
Payables and accrued expenses$5,937,528$4,324,462$6,664,383$3,998,680$4,248,253
Other current liabilities$7,072,841$8,085,406$5,388,506$1,619,626$1,539,713
Total current liabilities$13,010,369$12,409,868$12,052,889$5,618,306$5,787,966
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$12,088,550$12,854,326$2,977,963$2,833,594$2,664,001
Total long-term liabilities$53,048,044$44,955,584$37,392,621$39,571,372$41,260,514
Total liabilities$66,058,413$57,365,452$49,445,510$45,189,678$47,048,480
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$92,244,594$93,449,938$93,089,561$93,565,257$97,197,944
With donor restrictions$118,105,660$93,097,269$78,288,129$80,590,839$77,385,498
Net assets$210,350,254$186,547,207$171,377,690$174,156,096$174,583,442
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$45,392,630$18,629,928$14,652,882$6,534,831$12,699,833
Program service revenue$109,378,721$99,385,955$99,019,427$101,581,291$98,571,645
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($489,327)$1,105,610$2,608,035$4,020,012$7,605,151
Other revenue$375,182$92,091$445,764$396,380$444,023
Total other revenue$109,264,576$100,583,656$102,073,226$105,997,683$106,620,819
Total revenue$154,657,206$119,213,584$116,726,108$112,532,514$119,320,652
Program services$108,602,930$99,169,727$97,396,268$97,585,010$89,237,222
Management and general$16,808,758$17,897,986$20,234,921$16,546,108$20,781,696
Total expenses$127,072,588$118,783,963$119,139,699$115,643,637$111,520,097
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$27,584,618$429,621($2,413,591)($3,111,123)$7,800,555
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$27,584,618$429,621($2,413,591)($3,111,123)$7,800,555


Debra SchwinnPresident$502,854
Laura BishopExecutive VP For Advancement$278,707
William FlemingPresident (former)$233,511
Randolph E RichardsProvost, CAO$208,242
Brian StrowDean Rsb$183,491
Mary CopelandProfessor$180,730
Dana StrachanAssociate Dean For Academi$168,944
John KautzVP For Finance (jul 2021-Nov 2021)$164,071
Robert LloydDean of the School of Arts$158,439
Yolanda HardyAssistant Professor$149,828
Mona HicksVice President For Human Resources$128,392
Robert LutzVice President For Student Development$127,344
Bernard CuetoVice President For Spiritual Development & Campus$121,845
Courtney LovelyAthletic Director$119,960
Timothy WorleyVice President For Admiss.$102,357
Nancy BrainardVice President, Enrollment Management$101,964
Scott BarnesVice President, Its$95,710
Connie ShepherdExecutive VP Strategy & Pl$47,190

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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In a time of cultural unsettlement, Palm Beach Atlantic University was founded in 1968 as a coeducational Christian liberal arts university. The first classes at Palm Beach Atlantic University, formerly Palm Beach Atlantic College named for its location in the Palm Beaches, were held in the fall of 1968 in downtown West Palm Beach at 1101 South Olive Avenue in the former facilities of the First Baptist Church. PBA held its first graduation in the spring of 1972 and later that year received initial accreditation from the regional accrediting association.

Over the years, Palm Beach Atlantic has expanded to approximately 29 acres of land from the Intracoastal Waterway west along Okeechobee Boulevard to Dixie Highway, south to Jefferson Street, and back east to the waterway but all began with the first building, the Lassiter Student Center, which was occupied in 1983.

Currently, PBA's main campus is located on Flagler Drive with stunning views of the Intracoastal, and steps away from Palm Beach.

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