Student Speakers

Student Speakers

Dr. Kathleen Plinske

Kathleen Plinske currently serves as Executive Vice President and Provost at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.  Following a national search, she was recently named as Valencia’s fifth President, and will begin in this new role on July 1, 2021. Prior to joining Valencia in 2010, Plinske began her career at McHenry County College, a community college in her hometown of Crystal Lake, Illinois. 

A graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Plinske attended Indiana University as a Herman B Wells Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Physics with highest distinction and honors.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she completed a Master of Arts in Spanish from Roosevelt University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida, and a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.  She has recently completed a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.

Blake Studer

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Blake Studer is the third Studer brother to attend the University of Florida, though the first to study engineering (much to the excitement of his engineer father). Coming from an Air Force family, aviation and the study of leadership have always had a special place in Blake’s heart and have inspired him to accept a job as an associate quality engineer at Northrop Grumman in St. Augustine upon graduating with his Industrial and Systems Engineering degree. At the University of Florida, Blake has been fortunate to study abroad in Rome and fill many leadership positions within student organizations. Blake has served as the President of the Engineering Ambassadors and Freshman Leadership Engineering group, Vice President of the Engineering Leadership Circle, and as a Lead Scholar in the Reitz Scholars Program. Blake is beyond thankful for his loving family and friends throughout this journey.