Joe Richardson Recognized as Hometown Hero by the Orlando Magic

Valencia College has a way of producing heroes. Just ask Joe Richardson, vice president, student affairs.

Joe, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, was recently honored by the Orlando Magic with the Harris Hometown Hero recognition. The recognition typically goes to local first responders, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical workers, and military personnel who gave and continue to give above and beyond to protect their communities.

Prior to the singing of the national anthem at each home game throughout the season, the Hometown Hero’s accomplishments are announced and they are honored with a huge round of applause by all those in attendance at Orlando’s Amway Center. Richardson was honored on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat game.

“My family and I were honored to be a part of this amazing tradition and the Orlando Magic organization gave us a night of amazing hospitality that we will never forget,” said Joe.

“The sense of gratitude and respect that the Orlando community shows on behalf of those who have served and their families is a huge part of what makes this area a welcoming place to call home,” he added.

Joe said he was proud to share the special moment with his family as well as other members of the Valencia team. Among those in attendance were Kathleen Plinske, executive vice president and provost, and president, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campus; Isis Artze Vega, vice president of academic affairs; Brandon McKelvey, vice president of analytics and planning; and Jackie Perron, executive assistant, senior, student affairs.

“It was an amazing treat to have members of the Valencia team join us at the game as well, and that spoke volumes to the sense of family that makes working at the college so special,” Joe explained. He also said he hopes to enable other members of the Valencia team to experience this recognition for their service to our community and nation.

If you’d like to nominate a Hometown Hero, visit the Orlando Magic Website.


  • Solange said:

    Congratulations, Joe! As a veteran's spouse, I salute you!

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 15:24:10 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:24:10 +0000pm20,3:24 pm

  • Steve Tullo said:

    Congrats! Dr. Richardson. Thank you for your service.

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 15:29:28 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:29:28 +0000pm20,3:29 pm

  • Paula said:

    Out…stand…ing!!! Stay fired up Joe!

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 15:29:36 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:29:36 +0000pm20,3:29 pm

  • Falecia Williams said:

    Spectacular, Joe! Congratulations!

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 15:37:30 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:37:30 +0000pm20,3:37 pm

  • Paul Rooney said:


    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 15:49:05 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:49:05 +0000pm20,3:49 pm

  • Paul Rooney said:


    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 15:55:31 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:55:31 +0000pm20,3:55 pm

  • Jocelyn said:

    What an amazing recognition! We are blessed that you are part of the Valencia family. Congratulations Dr. Richardson.

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 16:00:38 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 16:00:38 +0000pm20,4:00 pm

  • Bobby Richardson said:

    Congratulations Joe!!! So proud to have you as a mentor.

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 18:17:51 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:17:51 +0000pm20,6:17 pm

  • Marie Vasquez-Brooks said:

    What a wonderful honor for a wonderful human! Congratulations!

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 19:03:22 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 19:03:22 +0000pm20,7:03 pm

  • Dani Moritz-Long said:

    A well-deserved honor, Dr. Richardson. Thank you for everything you've done and continue to do for others.

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 19:30:44 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 19:30:44 +0000pm20,7:30 pm

  • Edna Jones Miller said:

    This is absolutely amazing and sooo well-deserved! I am honored to be part of your team! Congratulations!

    PMTue, 11 Feb 2020 21:29:38 +0000Tue, 11 Feb 2020 21:29:38 +0000pm20,9:29 pm

  • Kathleen Plinske said:

    Congratulations, Dr. Richardson! I am so proud that you are part of the Valencia family!!

    AMWed, 12 Feb 2020 04:53:47 +0000Wed, 12 Feb 2020 04:53:47 +0000am20,4:53 am

  • Krystal Barrett said:

    Congratulations, Dr. Richardson, and thank you so much for your service! What a beautiful and well deserved recognition!

    AMWed, 12 Feb 2020 08:20:52 +0000Wed, 12 Feb 2020 08:20:52 +0000am20,8:20 am

  • Lisa Musrock said:

    This is so wonderful! Congrats Joe! Orlando has certainly embraced you as one of its new citizens. I wish I could have been there. Lisa M.

    AMWed, 12 Feb 2020 08:45:30 +0000Wed, 12 Feb 2020 08:45:30 +0000am20,8:45 am

  • Mike Bosley said:

    Congrats Joe…What a great way to be welcomed into the Orlando Community!

    AMWed, 12 Feb 2020 09:23:33 +0000Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:23:33 +0000am20,9:23 am

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congratulations Dr. Richardson!!
    – Army Brat!!

    AMWed, 12 Feb 2020 09:54:37 +0000Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:54:37 +0000am20,9:54 am

  • April Montallana said:

    An incredible and well-deserved honor. Thank you for your service and hard work Dr. Richardson.

    PMWed, 12 Feb 2020 13:52:06 +0000Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:52:06 +0000pm20,1:52 pm

  • Daniel Smith said:

    So cool. Congratulations Dr. Richardson!

    PMWed, 12 Feb 2020 17:58:15 +0000Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:58:15 +0000pm20,5:58 pm

  • Val said:

    Congratulation Joe!! Amazing. Thank you for your service.

    AMTue, 18 Feb 2020 09:31:13 +0000Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:31:13 +0000am20,9:31 am

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