Kathleen Plinske is executive vice president and provost of Valencia College. Previously, she served as campus president for the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses at Valencia for eight years. Prior to joining Valencia in 2010, she served in a number of roles at McHenry County College in Illinois, including as interim president. Ms. Plinske was named Woman of the Year by Orlando Business Journal in their “40 Under 40” competition and Hispanic Community Champion by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, master’s degrees from Roosevelt University and the University of Florida, and a doctorate from Pepperdine University.