By Chara Young
On May 2, 2011, Falecia Williams was named campus president of Valencia’s West Campus – the first to be hired in that role since the college made the change from provost to campus president. However, this was just one of Falecia’s many firsts.
Graduating from Rollins College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Falecia was a first-generation college graduate. She then went on to complete a Master of Arts in Education from Stetson University, and would eventually earn a doctoral degree in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida.
Moving through the ranks at Valencia, Falecia has held several positions in her thirteen-year tenure, including adjunct professor, director of dual enrollment, director of college transitions, and dean of workforce development before being named assistant vice president for Workforce Development in 2007. Under her leadership as the AVP for Workforce Development, Valencia ranked first in the state, out of 28 community colleges, for the number of technical degree completers, and third in the number of A.S. (Associate in Science) and A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science) degree graduates behind Miami Dade and Jacksonville.
Prior to assuming the role of campus president, Dr. Williams divided her time with workforce development to serve as the interim provost for the West Campus from January to April 2011. During this time, she led a team charged with the creation of the college’s first bachelor degrees.
As a part of Valencia’s organizational redesign, several changes were made to campus and college leadership to help the college continue to innovate and meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. See Organization Matters for more details about these changes. With the new campus organization, the campus president is the chief academic, planning, and operations leader and is called to lead campus faculty and staff in the development of a collaborative campus-based plan.
Dr. Williams “looks forward to” and is “excited by” the opportunity to build campus culture and work with the campus leadership and planning teams to develop the plan. In preparation of the new direction of campus-based planning, this fall, Falecia will lead a series of campus conversations, and in the spring will begin The Great Campus, a five-month campus visioning process.
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