A Message to My Valencia College Family

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

It is with a measure of joy and sadness that I announce I will conclude my work at Valencia College later this summer. After deep reflection on my life’s work and calling, I have accepted the college presidency at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.

As many of you know, I came to Valencia in 1998 as a wide-eyed public educator with a passion for improving the college graduation rate for underrepresented students and community outreach. I joined the College in the Division of Students Affairs while simultaneously working as a part-time faculty member for the Student Success Department. I eventually served in a variety of capacities at Valencia, overseeing College Transitions, Recruitment and Retention of Ethnically Diverse Students, College Reach Out Program (CROP), Dual Enrollment and Workforce Development before ultimately serving all of you as campus president of West and, now, the Downtown Campus.

The experiences and knowledge I have gained at Valencia are incomparable. As I take the helm of leadership at a new institution, I do so by bringing a set of heralded fundamentals with me — passion for people, learning as the hallmark, equitable outcomes as a norm and as the community impact — all the things that I’ve been able to learn and implement at the College.

During my tenure, I have been blessed to be a part of life-changing work, and the best part is that I have been able to do this work with you. For these reasons, my emotions are mixed. Mixed because I am overjoyed by the confidence in me the Board of Trustees at Prince George’s Community College has displayed in selecting me as its ninth president, and I am earnestly looking forward to starting this new journey, this next-level leadership chapter in my life. Yet, I am sad because I will be leaving you — who have grown from being colleagues to being friends. I will forever treasure the relationships I have developed with you all over the years. It has been my distinct pleasure and privilege to work and serve alongside you.

Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do to educate and change the lives of our students. Thank you for believing in my leadership and always pushing me to new levels of excellence and agency. Through my work, I have strived to be true to my personal values and conscientiously reflect the values and culture within our organization. I value integrity and democratic ideals and so I hope my approach, in working with you all, has demonstrated that. It has been an honor to be a part of Valencia, where we all deeply care about students, our colleagues and our community. I will truly miss you all.

Over the coming days and weeks, I will be working with Dr. Shugart on a plan for transition, and more information will be provided on operational and interim leadership plans. In the meantime, please know that I will be available and “all in” to my very last day here. So feel free to reach out to me directly.

3 Comments

  • Karen Cowden said:

    What wonderful, life-changing news!

    Your compassion, humor, service to others, steady leadership, open-door policy (that really happened, not just rhetoric), and genuine love of equity has inspired me – not only as a professional, parent, and community member, but also as my mentor.

    I took in every word you wrote to me in e-mails.
    I read (almost) every "Campus Concentrate" article you authored.
    I listened to your voice guiding our campus in the various town halls (and during my time on your team as Faculty Senate President).
    I grew through your wise nudges towards greatness.

    …and, I am honored to have worked for/with you.

    May your new adventure bring you professional satisfaction and wonderful experiences for your family. You will be, deeply, missed.

    AMFri, 12 Jun 2020 08:28:51 +0000Fri, 12 Jun 2020 08:28:51 +0000am20,8:28 am

  • C Penfold Navarro said:

    Your calm, thoughtful, wise, compassionate leadership continues to inspire me (and so many others). Although your presence will be deeply missed at Valencia, the community of Prince George's Community College doesn't yet understand just how much they will grow and benefit from your leadership.
    Thanks for creating a campus community where everyone knows they belong. We will miss you!

    AMTue, 16 Jun 2020 10:48:25 +0000Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:48:25 +0000am20,10:48 am

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams!!! I am so happy for you and I am grateful for all the times we have worked together going all the way back to evening high school counselor programs on East Campus. Thank you for all advice you've shared over the years with the Women Leadership conversations you've led along the way. We will miss you so much and I hope that those you'll lead as President will glean from your wisdom!!!

    PMTue, 07 Jul 2020 19:23:40 +0000Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:23:40 +0000pm20,7:23 pm

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