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Michael VitaleKCKCC Vice President Michael Vitale
Michael Vitale is the new vice president of academic affairs at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
He is now the senior vice president of academic affairs at Daytona State, a four-year college located in Daytona Beach, Fla., on the Atlantic Coast north and east of Orlando. Daytona State College has an enrollment of 31,000 students on six campuses.
Four finalists were interviewed for the position. KCKCC President Doris Givens announced his appointment. He will begin his new duties July 1. Pronounced Vi-TAL-lay, he succeeds Tamara Agha-Jaffar, who will retire June 30 after serving four years in the position.
Vitale said a desire to broaden his educational horizons was a major factor in coming to KCKCC.
“I’ve been in higher education for the past 23 years, 12 years in the classroom as a faculty member and the remainder in administrative positions. All of my tenure has been at Daytona State College. I felt it was important that I gain experience at another level and take on new responsibilities,” Vitale said. “In looking at KCKCC, there is so much that parallels what we’re doing here at Daytona State I feel it was a compatible and challenging match for me.”
In a 3½-day visit to KCK and the college, Vitale said he was particularly impressed with the new Technical Education Center II which houses the Auto Collision Repair and Auto Technology programs at 65th and State, and the new TEC I in the former WalMart shopping complex.
Vitale is a native of Monte Vista, Colo.; his wife, Janet, is a native of Springfield, Mo.
“My wife has always liked Kansas City. She says it’s her favorite city in Missouri.” The Vitales have a 21-year-old son who is a senior at Central Florida and a 19-year-old daughter who will also be moving to Kansas City with the family.
As chief academic officer at Daytona State for the past three years, Vitale oversees all aspects of the academic programs including, the management of a budget of more than $47 million, grants totaling $3 million and supervised six associate vice presidents.
During his tenure as senior vice president, he implemented two new programs, an Associate of Science degree in interactive media and a barbering program to complement the college’s cosmetology program. He also established a chair of online atudies position to work with faculty and Information Technology. The team established consistent criteria for online courses and provides oversight of faculty training required for online teaching.
This was accomplished despite a 16 percent reduction in the budget for the 2012-2013 academic year without compromising course integrity or initiating staff reductions.
“We were very careful in projecting enrollment, looking at staffing and managing open positions so that we have not had any cutbacks in staff positions,” Vitale said.
Prior to becoming senior vice president, Vitale taught biology for 12 years and served as dean and associate vice president in the College of Arts and Sciences for eight years.
During that time, he worked with the photography program to develop and implement a 2+2 articulation agreement with the University of Central Florida. Faculties from both institutions collaborated in the development of the UCF upper division courses. He also developed an Associate in Science degree in Music Production Technology, implemented 8-week sub-sessions courses within the schedule of classes that meet four days a week, and implemented two-day weekly course meetings for full semester classes.
Vitale earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctorate in biology from the University of South Florida in 1989.