Dr. Deborah Kish Welcomed as Vice President of Teaching & Learning
September 3, 2019
NICEVILLE, FL – Dr. Deborah Kish was recently named Vice President of Teaching & Learning for Northwest Florida State College. Kish began teaching at Valencia College in 2002 and has worked in various roles in higher education since that time. She most recently served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Division at Rio Salado College in Arizona.
“I am delighted to join the Northwest Florida State College team to promote transformational learning experiences for the nearly 10,000 students who call the College home,” said Dr. Deborah Kish. “I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff to continue to build on the College’s programmatic strengths and to create additional opportunities for our community through education to enhance our economy.”
Kish grew up in a teaching household, as both of her parents were teachers and school administrators. Early in her career, Kish spent more than a decade in the corporate world as an attorney while teaching as an adjunct and associate professor. She transitioned into academic administration at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, where she ultimately served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In this role, she oversaw more than 160 credit and non-credit programs as well as led strategic planning initiatives, institutional accreditation, grant development, program development, curriculum, online learning, and budget development. Most recently, she led the national expansion of Rio Salado College to meet the educational needs of underserved students in educational deserts.
Kish holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Science and Education from Florida State University, a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, and a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership from The Roueche Graduate Center of National American University.
“We welcome Dr. Kish to Northwest Florida State College,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson. “We believe that her background, both in the business and education, make her a distinctive and authentic fit for our College.”
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