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Dr. Sidney Valentine, vice president for academic and student services at South Florida State College (SFSC) welcomes Dr. Michaela Tomova as the new dean of arts and sciences. She joined the SFSC family on Monday, July 2, filling the interim position held by Lynn MacNeill who retired in June after 46 years with the College.
“We look forward to working with Dr. Tomova as she joins the team at SFSC,” Dr. Valentine said. “She brings an array of experience from Miami-Dade College as well as international positions which she’s held. Dr. Tomova will be a great asset to SFSC’s Division of Arts and Sciences as she continues to advance and move it forward.”
Dr. Tomova earned her doctoral degree in higher education leadership from the University of Miami. Her research focused on the community college and the impact of faculty on student learning and success. Dr. Tomova earned a master’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.
Over the past 15 years, she held progressively complex roles while at Miami-Dade College (MDC). Most recently, she was chairperson of the English and Communications Department at Miami-Dade’s North Campus. Previously, she was interim director with the Office of Academic Programs; chairperson of English, Communications, Arts & Philosophy; and director of the academic support center. She was first hired at MDC as grant director of a U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) eWriting project.
Before coming to the United States, Dr. Tomova was a tenured senior lecturer in English at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Sofia and also worked on curriculum alignment in English language teaching within the European Union higher education system.
“I am thrilled to join a remarkable team of faculty and staff at SFSC and to embrace both the challenges and the opportunities of this leadership role,” Dr. Tomova said. “Our institution has established a reputation of excellence in service and impact on community growth through quality educational opportunities for all. But SFSC has much more to offer! The College employees have opened not only the doors to a diverse student population, but also their loving hearts and creative minds to innovations in teaching and learning, to responsive program growth, and mostly to improved learning experiences of students set on their pathway to degree attainment and professional fulfillment in a changing global society.”
“I am inspired and committed to the values and mission of SFSC,” she said. “I hope to serve students, faculty, and the community well and to grow the division of arts and sciences through our mutual efforts in becoming a globally aware academic destination driving regional transformation through innovative collaboration—as powerfully stated in the college vision.”
Dr. Tomova is married to Enrique, an interior designer. They have two daughters who live and work in Miami. Lina is a yoga instructor and Lidia is a journalist.