Board of Directors
Joseph A. Kloba, Ed.D.
Dr. Joe Kloba is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he has served since August 1995. He also is a professor of psychology and the founding director of its PBA Graduate Counseling Psychology Program.
Joe is from a small coal-mining town 20 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Spanish and Psychology) in January of 1967 and his master’s degree from the same institution in counseling in 1969. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of Rochester in 1975. He has also studied at the University of Arizona in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the State University of New York at Brockport. Prior to coming to PBA, Joe was full-time Vice President of Professional Development for the 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors. He has served as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator in the public schools in Pennsylvania and New York, as Dean of the School of LifeLong Learning at Liberty University, as founding administrator of the School of Counseling at Regent University, and as Chairman of the Counseling and Student Development Program at Radford University, where he was selected “Professor of the Year” in 1980.
Joe also served as the Corporate Director of Operations for Rapha (a national in-patient psychiatric health care company), as Director of the 1995 International Congress on the Family (in conjunction with Focus on the Family), and as a consultant to schools, colleges, churches and businesses. He is the co-author of the book, The Rapha Handbook for Group Leaders and author of the chapter, “Groups in the Church” in the book Competent Christian Counseling. He is published in The Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Journal of Community Psychology, Impact, Christian Counseling Today and Chronicle Guidance Publications. He has made numerous professional presentations, and has held leadership positions in many secular and Christian professional associations.
Joe has been a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and is certified as a school counselor in New York and Pennsylvania and as a school administrator in New York. He serves as an elder, small group leader and usher at Christ Fellowship Church. In 2008, Dr. Kloba was appointed to the Education Advisory Committee of the West Palm Beach City Commission. He also serves on the board of directors of Jupiter Christian School, the Place of Hope Children’s Home, the Villages of Hope (a young adult post-foster care residential facility), and Potentia Academy (a private school for special needs students). He has been married to his wife, Sandy, since 1967 and has one married adult son, Chriss.