Joe Watkins

Joe Watkins

  • Executive Vice President
  • Phone: (619) 849-2650


Dr. Watkins was appointed Executive Vice President in August of 2015.  He earned his Ph.D in Higher Education Administration at the University of Arizona in 2000, his M.Min from Point Loma Nazarene College in 1990 and his A.B. in Pastoral Theology at Point Loma College in 1978.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Watkins was serving as Vice President for External Affairs and Interim Vice President for Spiritual Development and University Chaplain at Point Loma Nazarene University.  He joined the university in February, 2001 as Director of Development.  Before joining the university, he was a member of the Point Loma Nazarene University Board of Trustees, serving a chair of the Student Development Committee and a member of the executive committee of the board.  As an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, he served in ministry roles in three congregations over a span of 23 years.

Dr. Watkins oversees University Advancement, Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions, Marketing and Creative Services, Alumni Relations and Community Outreach and Governmental Relations.  He has served on numerous community boards including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Housing Committee, The Executive Committee of the Point Loma Association, the Point Loma Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the San Diego Senior Initiatives Team of the San Diego Association of Fundraising Professionals.  He teaches one class a semester in the Fermanian School of Business in Business Management or Business Leadership.

During his tenure at Point Loma Nazarene University, Dr. Watkins has overseen the implementation of the president’s vision of expanding Point Loma’s visibility in the community via the strategic development of the President’s Community Council, The President’s Advisory Board, Point Loma Nazarene University’s annual Fall Festival, and various other community outreach strategies. 

Dr. Watkins and his wife, Joan, reside in Point Loma and are the parents of two daughters, Jennifer and Sarah and a son, Andrew.