Thursday, August 1, 2013
Kathleen Plinske is president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses, and is responsible for providing academic, administrative and fiscal leadership for both campuses.
Prior to coming to Valencia, Plinske served in a number of positions at McHenry County College, a community college located in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. During her nine-year tenure there she progressed rapidly into positions of greater leadership, serving as a coordinator, director, executive director, associate vice president, vice president, and ultimately as the interim president.
Her experience includes distance education, professional development, institutional research, marketing and public relations, and institutional effectiveness. She also served as a Spanish instructor, with experience teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.
A graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Plinske attended Indiana University-Bloomington as a Herman B. Wells Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Physics with highest distinction and honors. She completed a master’s degree in Spanish from Roosevelt University, a Doctorate in Educational Technology with honors from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Florida. Committed to advancing the community college mission, Plinske has published a number of articles in professional and peer-reviewed journals, is co-authoring a book on student success stories in the nation’s community colleges, and is frequently invited as a speaker at national and international conferences. She was selected as a community college leadership doctoral fellow by the University of San Diego and was recognized as one of 24 Emerging Leaders in the world by Phi Delta Kappa International. She was also named the 2012 Outstanding Female of the Year in Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 competition, an annual award that recognizes the area’s up-and-coming leaders.
The Osceola Campus, located at 1800 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee, is home to 12,500 students, and the Lake Nona Campus, which opened at 12500 Narcoossee Rd. in Orlando in 2012, has nearly 1,000 students.