A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses
It’s my pleasure to officially announce that we have selected the dean of Valencia’s School of Allied Health. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Marie Vasquez-Brooks, who began her role in September 2018.
Selected in part for her proven ability to champion change and innovation in higher education environments, Marie boasts a decade of higher education experience. She served as the associate dean of nursing and allied health, followed by dean, School of Health Sciences, at Odessa College, where her accomplishments included spearheading accreditation renewals for two health career programs and developing strategies to enhance multiple nursing programs. She also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Bowling Green State University and operated as the health and exercise science academic department chair at Owens Community College, where she’s credited for developing an exercise science transfer-focused program.
Prior to working in higher education, Marie worked in health and fitness, with roles including fitness program director at Fairfax County Park Authority and aquatic and fitness program director at her community’s YMCA.
Marie earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science, her master’s degree in education, with a focus on physical education, and and is engaged in dissertation research in higher education administration.
At Valencia, Marie is focused on expanding the scope and impact of our Allied Health programs, which encompass both associate and bachelor’s programs. Specifically, she’s leading the academic, fiscal and operational areas of the school, while ensuring all facets of the school’s plan align with and fulfill the College’s strategic priorities and direction. In addition to managing faculty, staff and students, Marie is also focused on cultivating an enriching, positive and innovative environment, formulating strategic plans for the school and building community partnerships that can assist in developing pathways for prospective students, current students and graduates alike.
“Being part of the Valencia College mission to expand student opportunities is an incredible honor,” Marie shared. “I am thoroughly enjoying the work side-by-side with some of the most talented and innovative individuals in higher education. This is a team that believes in the shared vision to continually seek excellence within the School of Allied Health and innovate trainings for critical health careers. I predict that we will see some exciting collaborations and increased visibility for the work that we do infusing high-quality, patient-centric care into the diverse health care field.”
Already, Marie has become an integral part of the Valencia family, and I look forward to her continued success in her role.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Marie in the comments section below.