Welcome Eugene Jones, Executive Dean of the Downtown Campus

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

Please join me in welcoming Eugene Jones, who will be the new executive dean of the Downtown Campus, to Valencia.

Eugene comes to Valencia with more than 20 years of experience in higher education at several institutions. He has served in a variety of capacities, including academic affairs, student affairs, and community outreach and service.

In academic affairs, Eugene served as tenured faculty, department chair, area director, dean of bachelor of applied science programs and associate vice president of baccalaureate and workforce programs. In student affairs, he served as the executive director of My Brother’s Keeper at Santa Fe College, a program charged with recruiting, retaining and graduating men of color.

In community outreach, Eugene served as chair of the East Gainesville Initiative and oversaw the Sumter Workforce Partnership. In addition, he designed and co-chaired a program in which 200 families were awarded free computers, training and internet service in Alachua County.

While in Broward County, Eugene led an initiative in partnership with Citrix, which is a multinational software company, Broward County Schools and Broward College to redesign the technology curriculum pathway from sixth grade through an Associate in Science. An active contributor to the community, Eugene currently serves as an executive board member for the United Way of Lake and Sumter counties. He has also served as a Rotary Club member, the president of the Alachua County Public School Foundation and a mentor for Take Stock in Children.

Eugene began his higher education at Jackson State University on a full academic scholarship, where he participated in the marching band, drama and literary clubs.

After transferring back to his home state of Florida, he completed an Associate in Science in computer technology from Santa Fe College. He then went on to complete his Bachelor of Science in computer science, Master of Education in workforce education and Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy, all from the University of Florida.

In 2005, Eugene was awarded the League for Innovation Award and, in 2016, the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. Recently, Eugene was elected to the Santa Fe College Hall of Fame.

Please welcome Eugene in the comments below.

33 Comments

  • Warda said:

    Welcome to Valencia, Eugene! 🙂

    PMWed, 07 Jun 2017 16:23:54 +0000Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:23:54 +0000pm17,4:23 pm

  • Wendy Jo Moyer said:

    Welcome to the college Eugene. I look forward to working with you.

    AMThu, 08 Jun 2017 10:56:11 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:56:11 +0000am17,10:56 am

    • Eugene said:

      Yes, as do I!

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:22:03 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:22:03 +0000pm17,12:22 pm

  • Dani Moritz-Long said:

    Welcome to Valencia!

    PMThu, 08 Jun 2017 15:04:20 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:04:20 +0000pm17,3:04 pm

  • Steven Sobel said:

    Welcome to Valencia College! Looking forward to working with you, Eugene!

    PMThu, 08 Jun 2017 16:59:02 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:59:02 +0000pm17,4:59 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks Steven!

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:22:46 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:22:46 +0000pm17,12:22 pm

  • Joan Tiller said:

    Eugene – Welcome to Valencia. Look forward to working with you!

    PMThu, 08 Jun 2017 17:13:11 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:13:11 +0000pm17,5:13 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks Joan, I'm excited to be here!

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:23:07 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:23:07 +0000pm17,12:23 pm

  • Danielle McKinnon said:

    Welcome, Dr. Jones!

    PMThu, 08 Jun 2017 17:26:36 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:26:36 +0000pm17,5:26 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Thank you!

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:23:35 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:23:35 +0000pm17,12:23 pm

  • Nasser said:

    My friend Eugene welcome to Valencia. Look forward to working with you!

    PMThu, 08 Jun 2017 19:11:44 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:11:44 +0000pm17,7:11 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks Nasser! As soon as I figure out my schedule we will have to go to lunch!

      AMFri, 09 Jun 2017 08:26:09 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:26:09 +0000am17,8:26 am

  • Neisa Farley said:

    I’m so glad you’re part of our team, Eugene! Welcome to Valencia!

    PMThu, 08 Jun 2017 20:51:06 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:51:06 +0000pm17,8:51 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks for all your help getting me settled!

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:21:03 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:21:03 +0000pm17,12:21 pm

  • Meg Curtiss said:

    Welcome! Looking forward to working together!

    PMThu, 08 Jun 2017 22:19:38 +0000Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:19:38 +0000pm17,10:19 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Yes, as do I! Thank you.

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:20:36 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:20:36 +0000pm17,12:20 pm

  • Kristy Pennino said:

    Looking forward to getting to know my new boss, Dr. Jones. 🙂

    AMFri, 09 Jun 2017 09:10:43 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:10:43 +0000am17,9:10 am

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks for the welcome! I'm excited about joining the team!

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:19:37 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:19:37 +0000pm17,12:19 pm

  • Aira Pierce said:

    Welcome! Looking forward to officially meeting you and having you be part of the team!

    AMFri, 09 Jun 2017 11:09:35 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:09:35 +0000am17,11:09 am

    • Eugene said:

      Thank you! I look forward to meeting you as well.

      PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:18:38 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:18:38 +0000pm17,12:18 pm

  • Diane R. said:

    Dr. Jones, Welcome! I am excited about your being a part of the Valencia Team & I look forward to meeting you!

    PMFri, 09 Jun 2017 19:02:43 +0000Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:02:43 +0000pm17,7:02 pm

    • Eugene said:

      thank you! I look forward to meeting you as well!

      PMSun, 11 Jun 2017 22:17:46 +0000Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:17:46 +0000pm17,10:17 pm

  • Carol Traynor said:

    Welcome aboard, Eugene. I so look forward to meeting you and working together on public communication efforts for the downtown campus.

    PMWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:17:07 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:17:07 +0000pm17,12:17 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Yes, I know the communication aspect will be essential to the effort. Looking forward to the working on the project with you!

      PMWed, 14 Jun 2017 14:13:30 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:13:30 +0000pm17,2:13 pm

  • Annie Samlall said:

    Welcome to Valencia! I look forward to working with you at West Campus and as we open the Downtown Campus.

    PMWed, 14 Jun 2017 13:18:42 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:18:42 +0000pm17,1:18 pm

  • Elizabeth Drake said:

    So happy to hear this. Congratulations! This is a wonderful opportunity to continue, as you have always done, to make a difference and Valencia is lucky to have you.

    AMFri, 16 Jun 2017 09:27:13 +0000Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:27:13 +0000am17,9:27 am

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks Liz! Hope everything is going well back at Santa Fe and tell the gang hi for me!

      AMMon, 19 Jun 2017 09:38:18 +0000Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:38:18 +0000am17,9:38 am

  • Lashon Henderson said:

    Welcome to the Valencia family!

    PMThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:27:54 +0000Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:27:54 +0000pm17,4:27 pm

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks and I'm very glad to be here!

      PMWed, 28 Jun 2017 13:51:02 +0000Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:51:02 +0000pm17,1:51 pm

  • Mike Bosley said:

    So glad you are here! I look forward to working with you!

    AMMon, 26 Jun 2017 07:45:52 +0000Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:45:52 +0000am17,7:45 am

    • Eugene said:

      Thanks Mike and I look forward to working with you!

      PMWed, 28 Jun 2017 13:51:28 +0000Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:51:28 +0000pm17,1:51 pm

  • traci thornton said:

    Welcome – we are happy you are here! I look forward to working with you as we brand and market and open the doors to students in our downtown campus.

    AMTue, 27 Jun 2017 09:55:34 +0000Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:55:34 +0000am17,9:55 am

    • Eugene said:

      Hi Traci! Yes I'd love to visit with you to throw ideas around. Let me know a good time to visit.

      PMWed, 28 Jun 2017 13:55:24 +0000Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:55:24 +0000pm17,1:55 pm

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