By Joy S. Jones
Amy Bosley is enjoying a remarkable career at Valencia. She joined the College in 2000 as an adjunct communications professor and has risen through the ranks, earning tenure as a full-time professor in 2003, serving as associate vice president of organizational communication and development in 2010 and now, in her current role, as the vice president of organizational development and human resources, the College continues to benefit from her leadership.
“My job is all about making sure we have the very best faculty and staff to provide the highest level of service and education to our students.”
With a human resources reorganization underway and a recent move to the district office, she says she is excited about Valencia’s new campus organizational development and human resources teams who will be available to assist employees, supervisors and campus leaders in a completely new way.
“I am confident that by having teams on campus, close to the daily work of our employees, we will be able to adapt and reconfigure our human resources programs and processes to better serve all of our colleagues. I am also very excited to see the new performance development process, called “The Check In,” implemented this year (2014). The implementation represents two years of effort in understanding what employees need most from their supervisors in terms of performance review and creating a process to support good conversation, clear expectations and effective feedback,” she shares.
Under her direction, employee communications continue to be refined in order to increase employees’ understanding of how their roles contribute to the achievement of the College’s vision, mission, values and strategic goals. Moreover, there is an enhanced focus on collaboration and development.
“Amy is a visionary leader in our work,” shares Jenny Charriez, director, employee development. “Her vision for our organizational development projects has been invaluable in expanding our offerings in leadership development toward a multi-layered PIVOT system. She has a unique ability to always help us see our employees’ perspectives, so we can support them in the best way possible.”
In addition, she has demonstrated her leadership and creative approach on a number of collegewide efforts. She was the chair of Valencia’s first faculty and staff giving campaign and served as a volunteer Foundation board leader from 2006 to 2013. As a committed donor and supporter of the Valencia Foundation, Amy was named “Director Emerita” of the Valencia College Foundation at its second annual scholarship celebration on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
“Valencia Foundation is so very fortunate to have experienced Dr. Amy Bosley’s leadership during a critical time in our growth, which included a complete reorganization and a $27-million campaign,” said Geraldine Gallagher, Valencia Foundation president and CEO. “She offered guidance to board directors and spearheaded the first-ever faculty/staff giving campaign. But perhaps more important than her own philanthropy was the gift to me of her friendship. I am indebted forever. Amy has made a remarkable difference to Valencia Foundation and to me.”
She has also given her time and talent to the Faculty Association, the College Learning Council and the American Association of Community College Women. In addition, she was named the College Advocate of the Year, by the Valencia Foundation in 2007 and earned the NISOD Excellence Award in 2006 among other recognitions.
Just this weekend, Amy experienced her annual “favorite workday of the year,” commencement.
“That one day represents everything I value about working at Valencia: the hope and excitement for the future, the achievement and the culminating celebration,” Amy says. “Watching families be transformed forever when a mom earns her associate degree, witnessing the proud faculty cheer for their students when they cross the stage, working with the excellent student affairs staff who make a career of serving each person whose name is called and partnering with our security staff who gently guide nervous students and excited families as they prepare for this awesome event all reminds me that though I’m in HR and a bit removed from students in my everyday work, my everyday work still impacts them through their faculty and staff.”
Amy’s student-centric focus is evident as she shares what inspires her work. A few semesters ago, while teaching an online public speaking class, she had a student on active duty who was deployed to Afghanistan. Though his base moved three times during the 10-week semester and he underwent lots of technical difficulties trying to record, store and submit his classwork, his perseverance left an impression that she won’t ever forget.
“He had to assemble an audience of his fellow soldiers to watch his speeches, and he served several multi-day, high-intensity missions during the term where his life was truly in danger 24 hours a day — yet, he never missed a deadline for my class! He took my feedback on his speeches seriously and worked to improve, even under the worst possible conditions. I learned more from him that semester than he learned from me, I’m certain, and he remains a deep source of inspiration.”
Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication and a Master of Arts in communication, both from the University of Central Florida. She went on to earn a Doctor of Education in organizational leadership with a concentration in higher education leadership and human resources from Nova Southeastern University.
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