Valencia College’s Fifth President Selected

A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources 

I am pleased to share that just moments ago, Valencia’s District Board of Trustees selected Kathleen Plinske, executive vice president and provost, to serve as Valencia College’s fifth president.

In addition to her current role, Kathleen also serves as the interim campus president of Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses. Prior to joining Valencia in 2010, Dr. Plinske began her career at McHenry County College, a community college in her hometown of Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was hired as an instructional media specialist in 2001 and moved into a number of different roles over the next nine years, including vice president of institutional effectiveness and, ultimately, interim president. You can read her full bio here.

As you know, each presidential candidate participated in a rigorous search process, including on-site interviews, virtual interviews with our governing councils, Student Government Association leadership, and a panel of community leaders as well as virtual town hall meetings with employees and students. With feedback from all of the search components considered, Dr. Plinske emerged as the leading candidate.

The next steps in our process include developing a contract for the District Board of Trustees to approve during its meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, as well as planning for a seamless transition of leadership. We will, of course, keep you apprised of this work via our College communication channels.

Thank you, again, to the members of the Presidential Search Committee and the staff supporting the search process for their deep engagement and commitment, as well as all of the faculty, staff, students and Valencia community for the participation and feedback throughout the search.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out directly to me at

As we prepare for winter break, please remember to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your families.

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