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: 35

Founder: Jess C. Moody

Ruling year: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive Christian university with a core emphasis in the liberal arts. Its purpose is to offer a curriculum of studies and a program of student activities dedicated to the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals.

The vision for Palm Beach Atlantic University is to be a premier Christian university whose graduates are intellectually prepared, possess high moral character, demonstrate outstanding citizenship and are servant leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

Mission statement

The mission of Palm Beach Atlantic University is to prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs of study in Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and selected professions. Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles. As a community of learners, the university provides students with a rigorous educational environment that leads to intellectual, spiritual, and personal character development.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating526 of 102256 of 118
Fund acquisition rating401 of 102544 of 118
Resource allocation rating657 of 102573 of 118
Asset utilization rating510 of 102253 of 118

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$31,147,708$32,048,733$31,338,977$32,845,606$33,510,556
Short-term investments$664,325$697,605$52,349,425$49,624,706$44,122,781
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$51,643,644$50,147,337$101,756,928$103,726,219$104,104,946
Long-term investments$58,017,765$58,008,491$5,480,056$4,820,768$5,552,919
Fixed assets$110,077,635$110,668,552$114,200,309$110,087,215$104,520,474
Other long-term assets$1,084,156$521,394$194,629$242,097$334,499
Total long-term assets$169,179,556$169,198,437$119,874,994$115,150,080$110,407,892
Total assets$220,823,200$219,345,774$221,631,922$218,876,299$214,512,838
Payables and accrued expenses$6,664,383$3,998,680$4,248,253$6,197,793$4,617,995
Other current liabilities$5,388,506$1,619,626$1,539,713$1,971,767$1,818,298
Total current liabilities$12,052,889$5,618,306$5,787,966$8,169,560$6,436,293
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,977,963$2,833,594$2,664,001$3,751,318$4,653,011
Total long-term liabilities$37,392,621$39,571,372$41,260,514$42,738,277$45,583,043
Total liabilities$49,445,510$45,189,678$47,048,480$50,907,837$52,019,336
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$93,089,561$93,565,257$97,197,944$93,251,546$88,110,731
With donor restrictions$78,288,129$80,590,839$77,385,498$74,716,916$74,382,771
Net assets$171,377,690$174,156,096$174,583,442$167,968,462$162,493,502
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,652,882$6,534,831$12,699,833$10,223,832$11,611,885
Program service revenue$99,019,427$101,581,291$98,571,645$95,449,259$93,715,411
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,608,035$4,020,012$7,605,151$2,584,000$2,730,075
Other revenue$445,764$396,380$444,023$369,014$408,198
Total other revenue$102,073,226$105,997,683$106,620,819$98,402,273$96,853,684
Total revenue$116,726,108$112,532,514$119,320,652$108,626,105$108,465,569
Program services$97,396,268$97,585,010$89,237,222$87,467,110$84,399,210
Management and general$20,234,921$16,546,108$20,781,696$19,485,822$19,691,525
Total expenses$119,139,699$115,643,637$111,520,097$108,430,709$105,677,373
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($2,413,591)($3,111,123)$7,800,555$195,396$2,788,196
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($2,413,591)($3,111,123)$7,800,555$195,396$2,788,196


William FlemingPresident$897,058
John KautzVice President For Finance$219,887
Jeffrey LewisDean of Gregory School of Pharmacy$205,261
Randolph E RichardsProvost, CAO$191,583
Connie ShepherdExecutive VP Strategy & Planning$175,435
Timothy WorleyVice President For Admiss.$171,844
Vicki PughVice President For Develop.$160,712
John HayesAssociate Professor$155,417
Robert LloydDean of the School of Arts and Sciences$149,620
Dana StrachanAssociate Dean For Academics$148,179
Adwoa NornooAssociate Professor$145,808
Carolyn StoneVP For Intercollegiate Athletics$65,793

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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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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