POSITION: Valdez is in his sixth year as a community college president, he began his current role in 2016 as the President at Richland Community College, Decatur Illinois, a public institution with main campus and two centers in downtown Decatur and Clinton, Illinois.
PREVIOUS: Served as President at Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY; President, Edison State Community College, Piqua, Ohio; Campus Provost, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; Dean of Students, Helena College of Technology, Helena, Montana, Faculty Counselor, Community Colleges of Spokane, Spokane, Washington.
AFFILIATIONS: Serves on boards: National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Continuous Quality Improvement Network Executive Committee, Macon County Economic Development Corporation, Macon County Workforce Investment Board, Greater Decatur Area Chamber of Commerce. Member: Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development (AACC); Decatur Rotary Club.
EDUCATION: Ed.D., Community College Leadership, Oregon State University; MSW, Social Work, Eastern Washington University; B.A., Social Work, University of Montana.
OTHER: Presentations: AACC 94th Annual Conference, 2014, Topic: Engaging all Employees for Student Success; ACCT 44th Annual Leadership Congress, 2013, Topic: Moving Manufacturing Forward in SW Ohio.