Semi-Finalist Candidates

The Search for Our Next College President

The Presidential Search Committee reviewed all candidate application materials and developed a pool of semi-finalist candidates who met the required qualifications and other skills, abilities and characteristics identified in the  Presidential Profile.  This unranked list of semi-finalists  was approved by the District Board of Trustees on October 28, 2020.

Candidates have also been asked to submit a written statement in response to  Critical Topics at Valencia by Monday, November 2, 2020. All written statements will be posted on this site.

Semi-finalist Interviews

As part of our commitment to making decisions through collaboration, we have designed a virtual Semi-finalist Interview Process that will give the Presidential Search Committee, faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to interact with each candidate.

Candidate Current Position Education Materials
Dr. Shah Ardalan

President, Lone Star College - University Park, Houston, Texas

Doctorate of Education, Community College Leadership, John Roueche Graduate Center at National American University, Texas

Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina

Dr. Donald Green
President and Associate Professor, Business, Georgia Highlands College, Rome, Georgia

Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University, Michigan

Master of Science, Labor and Human Resource Management, Ohio State University, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration, Michigan State University, Michigan

Dr. Charles Lepper
Vice President, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah Doctorate of Philosophy, Educational Administration, Indiana State University, Indiana

Master of Education, Grand Valley State University, Michigan

Bachelor of Arts, Ball State University, Indiana

Educational Management Certificate, Harvard University, Massachusetts

Dr. Margo Martin
Vice President for Academic Affairs, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

Doctorate of Education, Educational Leadership, University of North Florida, Florida

Master of Arts, English, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas

Bachelor of Arts, English and Earth Science, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas

Dr. Lee Ann Nutt
President, Lone Star College - Tomball, Tomball, Texas

Doctorate of Education, Higher Education Administration - Community College Leadership, Texas Tech University, Texas

Master of Education, Higher Education Administration - Community College Leadership, Texas Tech University, Texas

Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Management, Texas Tech University, Texas

Dr. Kathleen Plinske

Executive Vice President and Provost, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida

Campus President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses, Valencia College, Orlando, Florida

Doctorate of Education, Educational Technology, Pepperdine University, California

Master of Business Administration, University of Florida, Florida

Master of Arts, Spanish, Roosevelt University, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Physics, Indiana University, Indiana

Dr. Anton Reece
President, CEO, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Kentucky

Doctorate of Philosophy, Educational Psychology and Research, The University of Tennessee, Tennessee

Master of Arts, Counseling, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts, Broadcasting News, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky