Valencia College Selects New Provosts

Valencia College is pleased to announce the selection of five new provosts. The provosts will begin in their new roles in the summer 2022. 


Lesley Frederick

Dr. Lesley Frederick has nearly 25 years of experience working in two-year colleges in the Midwest. Like many community college students, Lesley is a first-generation college student from a lower middle-class family who began her college education at a community college. It is through these experiences she developed her passion for helping students achieve their dreams. Lesley is an authentic leader who builds diverse teams with an equity minded focus on student success.

Lesley enjoys traveling, pickleball, and spending time with family and friends. She and her partner of 22 years have three rescue dogs they enjoy spoiling. 

Wendy Givoglu

Dr. Wendy Givoglu is the Interim Campus President for East & Winter Park at Valencia College, where she has also served as Dean of the School of Arts & Entertainment and Humanities faculty. She holds a BA and MA in Humanities from FSU and a PhD in Texts & Technology from UCF. Active in Central Florida’s arts and cultural scene, her doctoral research examined arts participation and engagement among millennials. Givoglu is a collaborative learning leader committed to cultivating personal and institutional equity and is inspired daily by Valencia’s diverse students. She enjoys life in Orlando with her husband, 2nd grade son, and puppy Jack. 

Lancelot Gooden

Dr. Lancelot Gooden currently serves as the Dean of Building, Engineering, and Skilled Trades at Durham Technical Community College. He believes that community colleges by design uncover the unrealized potential of learners, providing avenues for upward economic mobility, and are well-positioned to foster a diverse and inclusive ecosystem. As an asset-based practitioner and researcher, Dr. Gooden facilitates discussions among campus leaders, faculty, and staff on Becoming a Student-Ready College, challenging deficit-minded thinking about students. He enjoys cooking creative dishes with his family and has a deep love for track and field and soccer – his favorite event is the long jump, and he is an avid supporter of the Reggae Boyz. 

Danny Hoey

Danny M. Hoey, Jr., Ph. D. is the Dean of Student Learning, Equity and Success for the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Gavilan College. Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Hoey has successfully led broad scale reform initiatives aligned with college-wide priorities as it relates to equity, anti-racism, retention, student success and completion. He recently served as the Assistant Dean of English, Literacy, and Communications at Anne Arundel Community College where he successfully implemented faculty training/professional development on inclusive pedagogy. He formally served as an Associate Professor of English and Department Chair of English, Communications and Modern Languages at Indian River State College and the Administrative Director of Minority Affairs. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing, along with a Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Sobia Khan

Dr. Sobia Khan is Dean for Academic Success at San Antonio College, Texas, where she has experience overseeing academic and workforce programs alongside academic support service areas. Previously, she served as Associate Dean, Grant director, Faculty Senate Vice-President, and as Professor of English at Richland Campus, Dallas College. Khan’s co-edited book, Beyond Equity at Community Colleges: Bringing Theory into Practice for Justice and  Liberation is forthcoming by Routledge in 2022. Khan’s educational and career choices are driven by service to community and to be an advocate for marginalized students.