About the Chancellor

Chancellor Kathy Hebda


For more than 30 years, Kathy Hebda has dedicated her life to helping students learn and grow through education in the K-12 system. 

As Chancellor of the Florida College System’s 28 institutions, she continues to advocate for open access for all Floridians to a high-quality, affordable postsecondary education.

Chancellor Hebda began her educational career in Florida’s and Georgia’s public school system as a middle school chorus teacher. She came to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in 1992 first serving as a program specialist, policy coordinator, and administrator of the District Certification Partnership Training Program in the Bureau of Educator Certification. Hebda also held positions as FDOE’s Deputy Public School Chancellor for Educator Quality, as well as Chief of the Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development, and Retention.

Before becoming Chancellor of the Florida College System, Hebda served as Chief of Staff to Florida’s former Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart.

Chancellor Hebda earned her Master’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Newberry College in South Carolina.