A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses
It’s my pleasure to announce two new deans on the West Campus: Dean of Engineering, Computer Programming and Technology Paul Wilder and Dean of the School of Nursing Barbara Ake.
Paul, who has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, master’s degrees in computer engineering and theological studies, and a doctorate of education in leadership, also has many years of experience in higher education. He comes to Valencia from Indiana, where he was dean of Vincennes University’s College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. Previously, he held administrative and faculty positions at Indiana Institute of Technology, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Central Florida, Vermont Technical College and Burlington College. He’s also worked as a design engineer in orthopedic research and development, as well as fire and explosion suppression electronics, software and embedded control. Paul is a life-long member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, has been named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities both as a student and professor, participates on multiple editorial boards and serves in other capacities for several organizations.
Barbara, whose educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s degree in health care administration and doctorate of education in health care education, is a registered nurse who has served in the health services and education sectors for 30 years. Her professional history includes nearly 20 years of work as a nurse, nurse administrator and nurse instructor, as well as 18 years in various academic roles. Most recently, Barbara served San Juan College as the chief strategic initiatives officer (August 2017 to July 2018) and the vice president for learning (June 2013 to August 2017). She belongs to several professional nursing and higher education organizations, has presented on multiple topics and has published several papers.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Paul and Barbara.