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AVON PARK, Fla.–May 20, 2015–Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, president of South Florida State College, has offered the position of vice president for academic affairs and student services to Dr. Sidney E. Valentine. Since Dr. Valentine has enthusiastically accepted, Dr. Leitzel will ask the SFSC District Board of Trustees to consider his recommendation of Dr. Valentine at its May 27 board meeting.
Dr. Valentine, who is scheduled to begin work at SFSC on July 6, will fill the position held by Dr. Leana Revell who is retiring June 30 after 11 years at SFSC.
Dr. Valentine earned his doctoral degree and Master of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C and his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery, W.V.
He is currently associate vice president, Industrial and Engineering Technology, and the interim associate vice president, Corporate and Continuing Education, at York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C.
While at York Technical College, Dr. Valentine participated and lead his division in completing its interim report for SACSCOC, preparing for an upcoming ABET reaccreditation, receiving reaccreditation for the full five-year period with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and receiving initial accreditation for the maximum term of five years with the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). The college is currently preparing for its next SACSCOC reaccreditation visit. (ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels.)
He is the immediate past president of the board of directors for the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) as well as the previous chair of the Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnership (CRWDP).
Dr. Valentine was previously director of workforce, economic, and technical program development at the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, Charleston, W.V.; and associate professor of electrical engineering and director of workforce development at Bridgemont Community and Technical College in South Charleston, W.V.
Dr. Valentine is married to Amanda, and they are the proud parents of a four-year-old son, Jake.