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Daytona State College welcomes Dr. Rigo Rincones as Vice President for Academic Affairs

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (August 2, 2023)  Daytona State College announced the selection of Dr. Rigoberto J. Rincones Gómez as Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Rincones will oversee five academic divisions, the Division of Online Studies, and the Southeast Museum of Photography, as well as serve as chief academic officer. He will report to Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Amy Locklear and will be a member of the senior executive staff.

“Dr. Rincones is a seasoned higher education leader with more than 25 years of experience in teaching, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, accreditation and academic affairs,” said Tom LoBasso, President of Daytona State College. “We look forward to his contributions in this important role.”

Prior to joining Daytona State, Dr. Rincones served as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Hodges University in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was the founding national director of Data Coaching for Achieving the Dream, an organization focused on closing achievement gaps in community colleges nationwide. He has served in leadership positions at several institutions in Florida and North Carolina, and as vice president and Chief Academic officer at two other Florida institutions.

“Dr. Rincones’ experience in assessment of student learning and data analytics will be an incredible benefit to the College as we continue to improve in student retention, completion and learning gains,” said Dr. Locklear. “His strategic leadership in academic planning and operations will help us maximize the college’s progress in offering programs that immediately serve Volusia and Flagler counties, particularly in the area of workforce development.”

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Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond. The College enrolls approximately 23,000 students a year at its seven campuses, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services and public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, project management, accounting, computer science, digital media, and more.

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranks DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans multiple times.