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Michelle R. Foster

A community college leader since 1989, Michelle Foster currently serves as the East Campus Dean of Academic Affairs at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Foster provides campus-based leadership [and college wide connection] for the creation, implementation, and evaluations of plans related to assessment, accreditation, enrollment planning, honors, international programs, service learning, and institutional research.  In addition, Foster is routinely engaged in coaching academic discipline deans, discipline chairs, and faculty on academic conflict resolution and how to effectively manage classrooms with preventative and practical solutions.   

Previously, Ms. Foster served as the Recruitment Coordinator at Jamestown Community College, part of the SUNY system, and was the Director of Enrollment Services at Manatee Community College prior to her appointment at Valencia in 1996.  Foster has vast experience in the areas of recruitment, admissions,  academic and student conflict resolution, academic advising, dual enrollment, student orientation, and academic testing in the student services arena.   In academic affairs, she has overseen many initiatives, including; tutoring, campus strategic planning, enrollment planning, faculty recruitment & hiring, professional development/training programs, and development of an electronic faculty workload system.

Campus Dean of Academic Affairs · Valencia College · 407-582-2007 · Contact by email

Betsy Franceschini

Betsy Franceschini has been an important part of the Central Florida Community since 1985. After she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, Betsy has acted as a powerful catalyst for change and progression for a number of organizations where she held leadership positions.

Her background includes working as the Vocational Rehabilitation Manager for a National Health Services Corporation where she developed and implemented case management services and disability programs for injured workers, covering Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Betsy has been a successful Vice President of Accurate Traffic Counts, Inc., where she has demonstrated outstanding business development and leadership skills for the past 18 years. It was this expertise that drove Mayor Buddy Dyer to appoint her on the City of Orlando’s Strategic Team and Transportation Committee in 2003.

Hispanic Outreach Political Director · Florida Democratic Party · · Contact by email