Madeline M. Pumariega became the Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor in August of 2015. She is proud that the 28 Florida colleges offer flexible programs and schedules that enable residents to pursue higher education regardless of whether they recently graduated from high school or are returning to re-tool for another career path. Her goal is to ensure that all students have a pathway to complete their degree or professional credential that lead them to meet their academic goals and ultimately helps them get a job.
Madeline most recently served as president of the statewide non-profit Take Stock in Children. She led all facets of the organization, from working with a team of professionals and an active Board of Directors to overseeing the organization’s management and operations, fundraising and development efforts, as well as strategic partnerships and legislative affairs. Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a Florida statewide non-profit organization, focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education that leads to well-paying jobs. Take Stock in Children has helped over 22,000 students living in poverty successfully complete high school and move into post-secondary education and career.
Prior to joining Take Stock in Children, Madeline spent 20 years growing her career at Miami Dade College (MDC), most recently serving as President of the Wolfson Campus. She is regarded for her work in developing innovative approaches to support academic progress and student success, ensuring that thousands of youth can access and complete college. Pumariega was instrumental in establishing Take Stock in Children’s largest affiliate, at Miami Dade College, which is currently serving over 600 youth. Pumariega has also been instrumental in supporting workforce programs by leveraging key partnerships in the community, such as the Hospitality Institute at Miami-Dade which provides culinary certification and fills the workforce need while creating employment opportunities.
Pumariega is a member of Leadership Florida Class 33 and was a Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges, which is an innovative program focusing on leadership development and capacity building as a change agent for communities. Her volunteer activities include serving on the board of City Year Miami, serving on the steering committee for The Miami Foundation, and membership in the International Women’s Forum. A former student athlete, and assistant women’s basketball coach, Chancellor Pumariega is an alum of Miami Dade College, a doctoral candidate at Barry University and a graduate of St. Thomas University and The Florida Atlantic University College of Education.