Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA — Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. announced that Dr. E. Randolph Richards, a master teacher-scholar and current dean of the School of Ministry, is the University’s new provost. He began his new role last month.

Richards joined PBA in 2006 as dean and professor of biblical studies in the School of Ministry. Under Richards’ leadership, the School of Ministry has soared in enrollment, faculty achievements and fundraising. He was instrumental in adding a fully online undergraduate ministry degree and two master’s degrees. Richards additionally has served, since 2011, as director of the David and Leighan Rinker Center for Experiential Learning, one of PBA’s five centers of excellence. Through his entrepreneurial skills and policy proficiency, the Center has grown to encompass mission trips, other international travel activities as well as travel-study trips, processing between 800 and 1,000 travel applications per year.

“Randy Richards has the zeal of a missionary for the mission of Palm Beach Atlantic University,” President Fleming said. “He is a distinguished scholar, a highly regarded author, a sought after international speaker and commentator, a seasoned academic administrator and a favorite professor to PBA students. He constantly amazes them with his passion for the scriptures and his breadth of knowledge.”

Prior to coming to PBA, Richards served as chair of the Department of Christian Missions at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he joined the faculty in 1999. Previously he taught at Williams Baptist College where he served as the chair of the department of Religion and Philosophy. Richards, his wife Stacia, and their two sons have served as missionaries to a remote island in east Indonesia, where he taught for eight years as a faculty member and consultant at an Indonesian seminary.

Richards is a prolific author and speaker. His latest books are Rediscovering Paul: His World, Letters and Theology, rev. ed., with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017), A Little Book for New Biblical Scholars, with Joseph Dodson (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017) and Paul Behaving Badly, with Brandon O’Brien (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016). He has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including serving as a mentor for the Scholars Initiative with the Museum of the Bible, Ancient Manuscripts Project at Oxford University and as chairman of the Greco-Roman Backgrounds Consultation for the Evangelical Theological Society, among other noteworthy distinctions.

Richards succeeds Dr. Gene Fant, who was named the new president of North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. Fant served as PBA’s provost since 2014.

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