Madeline Pumariega was named Executive Vice President and Provost of Tallahassee Community College in May 2019. In this new role of Executive Vice President, she provides leadership and is responsible for aligning and advancing the high-impact practices within the College’s three core divisions of academic affairs, student affairs and workforce development. Madeline’s goal is to ensure that all students have a pathway to complete their degree or professional credential that allows them to finish their academic goals and helps them start a career.
A nationally recognized thought leader in student success, workforce innovation and higher education policy, Madeline is the former Chancellor of the Florida College System. Recognized amongst the top in the nation, the Florida College System is comprised of 28 colleges and serves nearly 800,000 students and is committed to maintaining the highest quality programs to meet Florida’s growing workforce needs.
Appointed as the first female and Hispanic Chancellor in August 2015, Madeline has worked to build on successes of the Florida College System. Through her leadership, Florida became the 15th state to host a Student Success Center funded through a grant by the Helios Education Foundation. The Success Center supports Florida’s state and community colleges efforts to develop student-centered pathways and increase student completion rates. With business, higher education and governmental partners, she spearheaded the Higher Education Coordinating Council initiative, Rise to 55 by 2025, an initiative focused on Florida’s talent and ensuring the state has a skilled workforce. As a product of the college system, Madeline began her academic career at Miami Dade College and returned to the college where she spent 20 years growing her career culminating as President of the Wolfson Campus. While at Miami Dade College, she developed innovative approaches to support academic progress and student success, ensuring that thousands of youth can access and complete college. Pumariega was instrumental in supporting workforce programs by leveraging key partnerships in the community.
Prior to becoming Executive Vice President and Provost, Madeline served as president of Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Take Stock in Children has helped more than 25,000 students living in poverty successfully complete high school and move into post-secondary education and careers. Madeline is a member of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Board, The Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University, and Florida College Access Network. She serves on the Jobs for the Future Policy Trust. She was a Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Community College Excellence Program and Leadership Florida Class 33.