Kathleen A. Plinske, Ed.D., Campus President, Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses
Dr. Kathleen A. Plinske serves as the Campus President of the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses at Valencia College. Actively involved in the community, Plinske serves as Chair of the Education Foundation of Osceola County, Past President of the Rotary Club of Lake Nona, Chair of the Osceola Poverty Elimination Network, and member of the Board of the Osceola Center for the Arts, Junior Achievement of Osceola County, Community Vision, the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Nona Education Council, and the Mexican Consulate's Comité de Educación del Centro y Norte de Florida.
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. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she completed a Master of Arts in Spanish from Roosevelt University, a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. Plinske has continued her studies of Spanish language and culture at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México, at the Don Quijote Escuela de Español in Granada, España, at Middlebury Language Schools in Middlebury, Vermont, and through her travels to Ecuador, México, Perú, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Plinske was recognized as one of 24 emerging leaders in the world by Phi Delta Kappa International in 2010, was named 2012 Woman of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal in their 40 Under 40 competition, was named as the 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus by Indiana University, and was selected for the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.