By Stephanie McMillen
Charles “Chaz” Davis, Jr. serves as the West Campus program advisor for the Bachelor of Science degree program in computer and electrical engineering technology (BSECET), one of Valencia’s articulated pre-majors for engineering and architecture students.
“Mr. Davis has been instrumental in getting many students on the right pathway for transfer to the University of Central Florida (UCF) in engineering and architecture,” said Joyce Romano, vice president of student affairs.
It is through the work environment provided by Valencia that Chaz says he has acquired the tools to have a positive impact on students through advisement and teaching.
“In my role, I routinely advise students on how to effectively manage, schedule and successfully complete their program of studies,” Chaz said. “I am also a professor, teaching various courses in building construction technology and the BSECET programs.”
Since beginning his career at Valencia in 2003, Chaz has taken advantage of opportunities to develop into a community college leader, and ultimately hopes to attain a leadership role at Valencia in the future.
Recently, Chaz renewed his associate professor status, obtained a digital professor certification, and completed the 2011-12 Leadership Academy. Furthermore, Chaz has sought out and learned from individuals at the college who he says have been “inspirational mentors,” including Ty Johnson, dean of students on West Campus, and Stan Stone, vice president of human resources and diversity.
Before joining Valencia, Chaz had careers in both the public and private sectors.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Chaz relocated to Florida in 1987 with his job as an environmental department manager for Professional Service Industries, Inc. – one of the nation’s largest firms providing engineering, scientific, technical and management solutions to public and private sector clients involved with site selection, design, construction and property management.
He spent eight years in this role before taking positions in project management for Orange County Public Schools and Walt Disney World. “I’ve also worked for a non-profit agency out of Bartow, Florida, managing 17 facilities throughout the Polk County area,” Chaz added.
Chaz has settled into his career at Valencia – an institution that he describes as a great place to work and where student learning is “top notch.”
“I’ve gained a vast amount of managerial experience [in my previous jobs] to assist me with my current role and potential future leadership roles,” he said.
Chaz has a bachelor’s degree in design engineering technology and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from UCF. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. at UCF in industrial engineering, with an engineering management focus, and is projected to graduate in 2014.
His hobbies include reading, bike riding, weightlifting, and playing a “light” game of flag football.
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