Ted Sofianos, 2012
- Director, Resource Development for Institutional Effectiveness
- DSC employee since 2005
Degrees and schools where awarded: Ph.D., University of Florida; M.A., Fairfield University; B.A., SUNY Plattsburgh
Career/Professional honors: Daytona Chamber Leadership Board President (current); Society of Human Resource Managers Foundation Board (past) President; Council for Resource Development Subcommittee Summer Workshop Chair; Visiting Scholar, Nova University; Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute’s Outstanding Service Award; Florida Association of Colleges (current treasurer and past president); Superlative Instructor Award, Flagler Schools; New York State Bar, Mock Trial Achievement Award; various publications and national/ international presentations.
Outside interests:Coaching, running, golf, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, skiing, scuba diving, motorcycling, chess, history, docudramas, politics, theatre/ film, travel, entertaining, ethnic cuisine, chorus/ singing.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I taught middle school, high school (coached varsity soccer and chess club) for 17 years; worked for MetLife – insurance and annuities; as a route sales manager for Drake’s Cake Corp.; and as a newsman and weekend weatherman for an NBC affiliate station.
What projects are you working on right now? Two major grant award roll-outs: Southeastern Advanced Cyber-Security Education Consortium; and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grant.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? It really relates to the adage of “paying it forward.” If not for some key, incredibly brilliant and devoted educators and loved ones who believed in me, instilled confidence, and gave me a roadmap to the future, I would not have been able to re-giftwhat they have given; the reward of educating others has truly come full circle.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To help shape the paradigm shift of pedagogics.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is:I was an actor for three shows on a USA network program called Up all Night.
Only three shows? Need I elaborate?
Last book read: The Litigators by John Grisham
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Grin and bear it.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Easy question: Those I love most.
The Daytona State of Mind to me isfaculty and staff uniting as one to ensure successful student development that results in their becoming economically independent.