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Asena Mott has taken on the post of director of the DeSoto Campus of South Florida State College. She assumed her duties on Nov.8, after a search to replace Suzanne Demers, who resigned her position at the Arcadia-based campus earlier this year.
“I’m thrilled to be back at SFSC,” said Mott, who left her job as a school principal to accept the offer to head up the campus. “I was the first dually enrolled student at the DeSoto Campus back when it was just a small storefront facility.”
Mott is well steeped in the history of Desoto County, its institutions, and people. She has lived in DeSoto County her whole life and said she can trace her family roots in the county as far back as the Civil War.
“Although I’ve driven to Charlotte County for many years to work in their schools, my heart has always been in DeSoto County,” Mott said.
For the past five years, Mott has served as the principal of Meadow Park Elementary School in Port Charlotte. Before that, she served as an assistant principal.
After graduating from SFSC, Mott completed her undergraduate education at Florida Gulf Coast University. “When I started there it was still the Fort Myers campus of the University of South Florida,” she said. “It became FGCU the academic term that I graduated.”
Mott then went on to a 20-year span teaching and supervising in private and public schools. Along the way, she earned a master’s degree in educational leadership.
How does Mott feel with less than two weeks on the job?
“I’ve been dealing with the new-job learning curve,” Mott said. “I’m putting names to faces and coming up to speed on policies.”
Mott lives in Fort Ogden, about 10 miles south of the DeSoto Campus. “You might not know you’re there when driving through, but we do have our own post office,” she noted.
Married for 24 years to husband Royce, the couple have three children. She enjoys kayaking and running.
Although Mott has more names to remember and policies to read, she already has plans.
“I’d like to see our dual enrollment numbers at DeSoto go up,” Mott said. She would also like to see the campus offer instruction in diesel mechanics and commercial driving. Apart from specific plans, though, Mott also has her sights set on the bigger picture.
“There’s one thing I really want to see in the next couple of years,” Mott said. “I want to ensure the DeSoto community knows everything about SFSC and what it has to offer to people who live here.”