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DeLaine Priest

DeLaine Priest, University of Central Florida (UCF)

DeLaine Priest is the associate vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She has more than 24 years of experience in higher education and 5 years in business and industry. Her particular areas of interest and expertise include student persistence and retention, academic advising and support services, leadership development, assessment, program development, and working with diverse populations. At UCF, Priest provides leadership and administration to 11 units that focus on the transition, retention, and graduation ofstudents. She also is the University's principal investigator for TRiO program grants. Under her leadership, SDES has been recognized nationally for the following awards and recognitions: NACADA Outstanding Institutional Advising Program, NACADA Outstanding Electronic Publication Award, NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Award, NASPA Exemplary Program Award, First-Year Experience (FYE) Student Advocacy Award, and the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award. Further, she was selected to participate in the HERS Women's Leadership Institute that prepares women faculty and administrators for institutional leadership roles and is a current member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Emerging Leaders Program. Priest has a passion for teaching and learning and has served as faculty for the first-year seminar, as well as leadership and career development courses.

She received her BA in business administration and MA in counselor education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and is pursuing her doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

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