Friday, May 7, 2021
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 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.
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.