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Henry Ponciano currently serves as the Dean for Student Success and Retention at Tallahassee Community College. As a passionate leader of student success, Henry is diligent to develop new and innovative models that address the needs of diverse student groups. Prior to this taking on this role, Henry served as the Assistant Dean of Student Services at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. His career in higher education began in 1987 working as a live-in counselor with the Talent Development program at the University of Rhode Island. The program helps first-generation college students become acclimated to college and provides support throughout their academic life at the institution. Since 1998, he has worked in various academic advising positions at Palm Beach State, Florida International University, Broward College and Nova Southeastern University.  In 2014, he was among only 20 higher education administrators throughout the country selected for that year’s Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Community College Hispanic Council and the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences.  The program is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latinas and Latinos who aspire to move up the ranks in higher education. Dean Ponciano holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. He is looking forward to helping Tallahassee Community College, in partnership with the Florida Department of Education, address the challenges faced in meeting the needs of all students.


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