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CarterBaldwin Executive search joins Palm Beach Atlantic University in welcoming Dr. Stephen Johnson as the University’s next Provost and Chief Academic Officer, following a national search.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Johnson to our academic community,” said PBA President Dr. Debra Schwinn. “His experience as a collaborative faculty member and administrative leader, dedicated to fostering student-centered education and cultivating strong faculty relationships, makes him an exceptional addition to our team.”

Johnson most recently served as vice provost and professor at Azusa Pacific University in California. His service to APU since 2013 includes being founding Dean of APU’s College of the Arts, which under his leadership introduced innovative degrees in animation, art education, digital media and communication, games and interactive media, music industry strategic communication, and user experience design. He also served as Interim Provost where he advanced the mission by collaboratively securing the university’s Carnegie R2 status, broadened faculty and student support systems, and built a community of trust through shared governance.

Before joining APU, Johnson was an Associate Professor of theory and composition and Dean of the School of Music at Southwestern Seminary. As a composer, his repertory includes numerous solos, chamber, and large ensemble works performed in recitals, concerts, and festivals across the country, from Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center to 20th Century Studios.

Johnson earned a DMA in composition from the University of Southern California, an MMus in composition from DePaul University, and a BMus in composition from Moody Bible Institute.

Click here to read the full announcement from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

About Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Atlantic University, founded in 1968, is a private, Christian university, offering 100 different programs and pathways, including degrees, numerous graduate degrees and professional degrees in nursing and pharmacy. The university offers classes on its 29-acre campus in West Palm Beach, its Orlando campus and online. Sailfish athletes compete in 18 NCAA Division II and Sunshine State Conference varsity sports. The university is dedicated to the integration of biblical principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service.