Keith Kennedy, 2013
- Dean, Student Development
- DSC employee since: 1982
Why do you think it’s important to give back, to make a gift to the Foundation each year? I give to the Foundation because I am grateful for all of the assistance and support I received when I was a student.
Degrees and schools where awarded: A.A., Daytona State College; B.A., University of Central Florida; M.A., University of Central Florida.
Daytona State College - 2013 President’s Sterling Award for Professional Excellence; Certificate of Appreciation-DSC Student Government Association; Certificate of Appreciation-DSC Project Speak Program; Exemplary Practice Award-Florida Association of Community Colleges; Leadership Daytona Graduate-Daytona Beach-Chamber of Commerce; Outstanding Service Award-DSC Credit Union; Outstanding Service Award-DSC College Reach Out Program; Outstanding; Service Award-DSC Campus Safety Office; State Advocate of the Year Award-Florida School Counselor Association
Community - Community Service Award-Volusia County Hispanic Association; Hometown Hero Award-City of Daytona Beach; Outstanding Service Award-PTA, Palm Terrance Elementary School; Outstanding Leadership Awards-Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Volunteer Mentoring Award-Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; Volunteer Mentoring Awards-Daytona & DeLand YMCA; Volunteer Service Award-Daytona Beach Housing Authority; Volunteer Service Award-Volusia County Health Department; Volunteer Service Award-Black Male Explorers Program-Bethune-Cookman University; Volunteer Service Award-Department of Children & Families; Volunteer Service Award-Boy Scouts-Turie T. Small Elementary School; Volunteer Service Award-Dial-A-Dad Program, Delta Sorority.
Outside Interests: Spending time with family, attending church, community involvement and gardening. I also enjoy attending air shows by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was a full-time student. I also worked as a part-time custodian and teacher assistant
at an elementary school.
What projects are you working on right now? Resolving student complaints and concerns.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Working with exceptional staff, faculty and students. I enjoy seeing the children and even the grandchildren of former students. It’s very rewarding to see their success. I also had an opportunity to travel to South Africa. I feel blessed to be a part of the DSC family.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Meet as many new faculty and staff as possible.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I have worked in every category at DSC: student, career employee, professional, faculty and administrator.
Last book read: “Uncommon” by Tony Dungy.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Ability to remain calm in difficult situations (most of the time).
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Gen. Colon Powell; Charles Bailey, Sr. (WWII/Tuskegee Airman from DeLand); Les Brown (international motivational speaker) and Dan Warren (former Florida State Attorney and WWII bomber pilot).
“The Daytona State of Mind” to me is: With hard work, everyone has the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.