Dr. Maria M. Vallejo, Palm Beach State College Lake Worth campus provost, has been named among the Top 25 Women in Higher Education by a national magazine.
In selecting Vallejo for the Women’s History Month edition in March, editors of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine cited her commitment to access and opportunity for all. The honorees included college and university leaders from around the country. Vallejo, who joined the College in 1999, led PBSC’s successful quest to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, which allowed the College to apply for and receive a $2.58 million Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2014.
Vallejo is past president of the National Community College Hispanic Council and is on the national advisory board for the NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program. She is active with the local Women and Hispanic chambers of commerce as well as the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, where she forged partnerships that bring more scholarship opportunities for women
and students of color.
She sits on the board of ASPIRA of Florida, an empowerment organization for young Latinos, providing assistance with student conferences, summer camp and higher education opportunities. She led the creation of the ASPIRA club at PBSC, the first college-level ASPIRA club in the nation, and helped to expand the college clubs to Miami Dade and Broward colleges. She is also on the board for ASPIRA’s charter schools in Miami.