Sherri Dixon began her career at Valencia College in the
fall of 1986 as a temporary employee, received full-time status
June 1988 and retired from Valencia in January 2016. During
her time at Valencia, she held many positions, starting as a
temporary accounts payable specialist, secretary/bookkeeper of the
library, grants accounting specialist, director of restricted
accounting, budget director and retired as the assistant vice
president of budget and auxiliary services. During this time,
she has managed and development budgets in excess of $180 million,
overseen 80 plus local, state and federal grants and with a
co-worker developed grants compliance for the college.
While at Valencia, she served and chaired many committees,
including the Professional Leadership Team, the Staff and
Program Development Committee, students with disability advisory
group, the Budget Finance Advisory Group, the reassign time design
committee, the Strategic Equipment Committee, the Sick Leave
Committee, and the Strategic Budget Initiative Committee. She
also served as chair of Valencia's chapter of the American
Association of Women in Community Colleges, and served in an
advisory role to senior staff, the executive council, faculty
compensation, resource development, and foundation hospitality
While working full-time and raising a family, Dixon earned
three degrees: Associate of Science in Accounting from Valencia
Community College; Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida
Southern College and a Master of Public Administration with an
emphasis in Governmental Management from Keller Graduate School of
During her spare time, Dixon is the vice chair of Lake Eola
Charter School, where she also has the designation of founding
family, board of directors; is the vice president of Future Rebels
Fastpitch which has assisted 81 females in obtaining college
scholarships; and a founding member of The Youth Foundation for
M.P.A., Public Administration, DeVry University
B.S., Accounting, Florida Southern College
A.S., Accounting, Valencia College
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