Our Leadership

At Palm Beach Atlantic University, we believe our mission and vision should be expressed through our leaders. The University's leadership and president's office is composed of strong, compassionate and visionary leaders of integrity in policy and planning, strategic communications and marketing, and administrative and financial operations who advance PBA’s motto of enlightening minds, enriching souls and extending hands.


Dr. Debra A. Schwinn

Dr. Debra A. Schwinn became Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) University’s ninth President on May 4, 2020.  Previously she was Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Carver College of Medicine, and Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry at the University of Iowa.  Prior to those appointments, Dr. Schwinn served in senior leadership roles at the University of Washington and Duke University.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Wooster in her native Ohio, Dr. Schwinn earned a medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine where she has also been honored as a distinguished alumna.  A physician scientist and member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Schwinn’s laboratory was funded for 27 years by the National Institutes of Health.

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Leadership Teams

Learn about the team, find out about news and updates, the president’s giving societies, and contact information.

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The President’s Cabinet is composed of university administrators who report directly to the president.

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Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees provides oversight for the university and also sets PBA’s mission and vision.

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The Provost & Chief Academic Officer oversees and leads the development, implementation, and assessment of academic programs & policies.

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