Dr. Falecia D. Williams
Campus President, West Campus and Downtown CampusDr. Falecia D. Williams currently serves as the West Campus President for Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, one of the nation’s largest and most celebrated community colleges. Valencia College is widely known for its academic excellence, deep faculty engagement, high rates of graduation, exceptional job placement rates, and outstanding partnerships within the community and business industry. As a result, the college was selected by the Aspen Institutes as the inaugural winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2011 and continues to be one of the highest performing community colleges in the nation.
Dr. Williams was tapped to lead Valencia College’s collaborative efforts with the University of Central Florida to garner state approval for a new campus in Downtown Orlando, and she has added the approved campus to her portfolio of responsibilities. The joint UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown campus will open in August of 2019. Her primary role is to lead the development and implementation of a unique, compelling campus vision that portends a defined emphasis on significant and measurable improvements in the quality and impact of the campus’s educational programs and services. Under her leadership, Downtown Campus will focus on access, impact and innovation for the purpose of advancing the college’s mission, strengthening engagement with students and empowering the community for long-term sustainability.
Dr. Williams has an extensive career in post-secondary education. During her tenure at Valencia College, she served as a part-time professor, Program Director for Dual Enrollment, Director of College Transition Programs, Dean of Workforce Programs, Assistant Vice President for Workforce Development and Academic Affairs, and Interim Provost for West Campus. Her responsibilities have included developing and coordinating pre-collegiate partnerships with public secondary schools, managing academic credit accelerated mechanisms, oversight for career and technical education, economic development, short-term workforce training, and curriculum development. While she has earned numerous accolades, it’s significant to note she led the college’s germinal processes for in the design and implementation of program learning outcomes for Associate in Science degrees and technical certificates and for offering bachelor’s degrees. She continues to achieve prolific outcomes in the area of program development and student success. In 2018, she was selected by the Aspen Institute as an Aspen Presidential Fellow for Community College Excellence.
Prior to Valencia College, Dr. Williams was a secondary teacher in varying exceptionalities, gifted and honors education, volleyball and basketball coach, and grant administrator in the Lake County Public School system and taught one year in the Orange County Public School system. She led significant efforts to close the performance gaps for students of color, increase community outreach, strengthen parental engagement and broaden professional development opportunities for teachers. She was selected as the Ida S. Baker Diversity Teacher of the Year and Eustis Middle School Teacher of the Year for her accomplishments.
Dr. Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, Master of Arts at Stetson University in DeLand, FL, and Doctor of Education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.