The Osceola Region Has New Leadership

Friday, May 7, 2021

Melissa Pedone, interim executive dean, and Stanton Reed, professor, business/accounting, recently began their roles as interim campus presidents of the Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses.

They will remain in their positions until the College completes an organizational review as well as a search for its regional leader, which is expected in the fall of 2021, with the new leader’s target start date set for spring 2022.

In their new roles, both Melissa and Stanton will share the overall operational and strategic leadership of the Osceola Region to provide support to all members of the team. Shared responsibilities that come with the position include budgeting, institutional planning, connecting with the community, addressing student and faculty concerns, providing academic continuity, leading and preparing the region for reopening, and providing region-wide communication, among others.

“If someone doesn’t know how to support a student or needs assistance outside of the normal operations of their department, we are available to help,” said Melissa. “This is a really special time with a lot of transition, and although that can be stressful, it also opens up a lot of unique opportunities to structure our work in new and exciting ways.

Stanton said he looked forward to partnering and “co-creating” with Melissa, deans, faculty and staff within the region.

“I will serve with Melissa to help blaze a collegewide path that will become our new normal for serving our students, staff and faculty,” he said. “We will be game changers.”

Some of the goals of the interim campus president role include providing stable and supportive leadership to the Osceola region, providing strong partnership to collegewide work, developing each interim campus president in areas of interest and strength, and exploring and learning from the opportunity to have two people serving in the role.

Learn more about our new leaders below:

Melissa Pedone

Melissa Pedone has been with the College for more than two decades. Since 2018, she served as interim executive dean of the Osceola Campus.

Before that, and beginning in 2008, she provided academic leadership as the dean of mathematics and science on Osceola Campus.

Prior to assuming an administrator role, Melissa served as a tenured faculty member in the mathematics department on Osceola Campus from 1995 to 2008, and from 1999 to 2004, although still a faculty member, she was reassigned to serve as activity director for a Title V grant.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Education in mathematics and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Central Florida.

Stanton Reed

Accounting and Business Professor Stanton Reed has been with Valencia College since 2006. He served as Faculty Association president during the 2019-2020 academic year and currently serves as Learning Council co-chair. Stanton also works with the Peace and Justice Institute as a SEED facilitator. The program, which uses a cohort model, seeks to increase equity across race, culture and gender at the College.

He is also a mentor for Molding Men for Tomorrow, a Bridges to Success initiative seeking to lift and educate young males. In addition, Stanton is a member of the Valencia African Heritage Association.

Stanton holds a Florida Certified Public Accountant certificate, an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Oakwood University in Alabama.


  • Christy Cheney said:

    Congrats to you both! Thank you for your dedication and leadership!

    PMFri, 07 May 2021 14:44:09 +0000Fri, 07 May 2021 14:44:09 +0000pm21,2:44 pm

  • Stanton G Reed said:

    Christy thank you for your congratulations. I receive your affirmation with extended arms and open hands. I'm looking forward to co-creating a new normal with you for our students, staff, and faculty.

    PMFri, 07 May 2021 15:51:12 +0000Fri, 07 May 2021 15:51:12 +0000pm21,3:51 pm

  • Jonathan Lair said:

    Congratulations to Melissa and Stanton. I’ve had the privilege of working with them and they are amazing – supportive, inspiring, insightful. In short, phenomenal leaders – what a great team!

    AMWed, 12 May 2021 08:42:41 +0000Wed, 12 May 2021 08:42:41 +0000am21,8:42 am

  • April Montallana said:

    Wonderful selections! I look forward to this leadership — congratulations to two awesome people and representations of Valencia!

    AMWed, 12 May 2021 11:49:50 +0000Wed, 12 May 2021 11:49:50 +0000am21,11:49 am

  • Aida said:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO MELISSA AND STANTON. The Osceola region is fortunate to have such strong leadership.

    PMWed, 12 May 2021 16:44:20 +0000Wed, 12 May 2021 16:44:20 +0000pm21,4:44 pm

  • Stanton said:

    Jonathan, April, and Aida thank you for your words of encouragement and affirmation. I receive your congratulations with arms extended wide and hands open.

    PMWed, 12 May 2021 19:43:34 +0000Wed, 12 May 2021 19:43:34 +0000pm21,7:43 pm

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