By Dani Moritz-Long
Every day that Mike Bosley, executive dean, Lake Nona Campus, comes into work, he witnesses something that he’s privileged to see. He sees a student tirelessly studying for his next exam, desperate for the score he’s been feverishly working toward. He holds the door for a red-faced and breathless student as she rushes into class, having just delivered her small children to daycare, and notices a 16-year-old who, thanks to the Collegiate Academy, nears the completion of her associate degree — which she’ll proudly receive while she’s still in high school.
When Mike walks through the doors of his campus, he witnesses students of all ages and backgrounds who will have a brighter tomorrow thanks to Valencia. This is why every single day Mike comes to work, he feels inspired, proud and privileged to call Valencia his home.
“Valencia is in the business of changing people’s lives,” he said. “This means I get to come to work each day and have an immediate impact on the future of our students. It is so cool to see how we often affect not only students, but their entire families.”
This is because with every student who crosses the Valencia graduation stage, another generation will grow up knowing someone who has successfully received a college education — who followed their dreams no matter the circumstances.
Mike explains, “I strongly believe in Valencia’s Big Ideas. I promote: ‘anyone can learn anything under the right conditions’ in the community. To me, this symbolizes hope and opportunity for all the members of our community.”
This is why Mike — who has dedicated his entire career to education and past 18 years to Valencia — has devoted everything he has to changing people’s lives through learning.
Throughout this tenure at the College, Mike has served at numerous campuses in many capacities, ranging from an adjunct professor, the director of student development and, most recently, an executive dean. Along the way, he has contributed to the College by mentoring students and employees and creating a culture for effective lifelong learning. Looking back, however, Mike says that collaborating with his colleagues to establish and sustain the Lake Nona Campus has been his greatest achievement, thus far.
“I am most proud of leading the development, opening and implementation of the Lake Nona Campus,” he said. “Our campus community is thriving and this is due to the countless hours of dedicated service our team of rock stars has given to our students and community. Each Lake Nona Campus employee brings their love for students and their special talents to campus each and every day.”
Kathleen Plinske, campus president, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses, counts Mike among that community of stars.
“The Lake Nona Campus has flourished with Dr. Bosley’s leadership, and his passion for student success is evident in all aspects of the campus,” she stated. “In fact, the campus itself reflects Dr. Bosley’s attention to detail, which centers on creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for students.”
Mike also dedicates his efforts to the greater Orlando community. He serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando, on the Florida College System Activities Association Executive Committee and as the immediate past chairman of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in public administration, a Master of Science in higher education and student personnel services and a Doctorate of Education in curriculum and instruction — all from the University of Central Florida. Go Knights!
In the few fleeting moments when he isn’t dedicating himself to others, you can find him enjoying time with his family by attending community events, his children’s sporting events and traveling as often as he can.
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