Stacey Johnson, currently the vice president of academic affairs at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Tex., has been named the president of Valencia College’s East and Winter Park campuses.
At Palo Alto College, Johnson served as chief instructional officer for the college of 9,300 students. Prior to that, she served as the dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. Johnson started her career in community colleges in public relations, where she served as director of marketing and assistant to the president of Palo Alto College.
Johnson earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied in the university’s Community College Leadership Program.
Outside of the college community, Johnson is perhaps best known as a champion fencer, a two-time national college champion in fencing and served as a member of the United States’ 1980 Olympic fencing team. She has continued her service to the Olympics by serving on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors from 1996 to 2004, and was elected to the USOC Executive Committee for 2003-2004.
In addition, Johnson served as president of the U.S. Fencing Association from 2000 to 2004, and was the first woman in the organization’s 125-year history to serve four terms as president.
While in San Antonio, Johnson also founded the “Dreams for Youth” San Antonio Sports Foundation, which received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee for its work in serving 100,000 children.
Johnson will start her new job at Valencia on Aug. 6. She will replace Dr. Ruth Prather, who recently retired as president of the East and Winter Park campuses.
The East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, and serves 20,000 students. The Winter Park Campus is located at 850 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park, and serves 3,300 students.