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People on the move: Seminole State announces new AVPs, dean

Seminole State College of Florida, with 1,500 employees on six sites in Central Florida, is the ninth-largest employer in Seminole County.

Seminole State College of Florida announces recent promotions and new members to its faculty leadership team for the School of Academic Foundations, School of Business, Health and Public Safety and Arts & Communications Department.

Frank Bonjione
Associate Vice President, School of Academic Foundations

Frank Bonjione

Bonjione previously served as associate dean and interim AVP and has been with the College for 33 years. In his new role, he plans to maintain and increase high rates of retention, course completion and enrollment. Additionally, Bonjione strives to train and engage as many non-traditional students as possible to help them excel in English language proficiency and skills to gain opportunities for postgraduate education.

Seminole State College's School of Academic Foundations provides practical instruction for adults who are seeking basic academic skills, a high school diploma, GED® Prep courses, personal enrichment and skill building.

Dr. Cheryl Cicotti
Associate Vice President, School of Business, Health and Public Safety

Dr. Cheryl Cicotti

Cicotti previously served as dean of nursing and led the department to achieve top ranking as one of the best nursing programs in the U.S. by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing with 100 percent passage rates on National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). She has been with the College for 11 years and in 2017 was named Dean of the Year. In her new role, she plans to continue to promote the exceptional educational offerings at Seminole State and within the School of Business, Health and Public Safety to foster an environment of academic excellence. Cicotti notes her top priority is to ensure students are equipped with the skills needed to be top performers within their field through community involvement and sustaining connections with local employers.

The School of Business, Health and Public Safety provides educational pathways to high-demand and high-wage careers that enable individuals to be financially self-sufficient. These programs strengthen the region's economic health and prepare individuals for lifelong rewarding careers. Central Florida's major employers participate as advisory board members, helping to design curricula so that graduates are able to integrate technical skills, critical thinking and leadership. Each of the programs readies graduates for immediate employment in their career field and provides the option to continue their education to a bachelor's degree.

Dr. Michele Cuomo
Dean, Arts and Communications

Dr. Michele Cuomo

New to Seminole State, Dr. Cuomo most recently served as the dean of arts and humanities at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania. In her role as dean, Cuomo plans to promote awareness of the transformative power of the arts and of communication studies. Additionally, she serves yearly as a faculty member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Institute on High Impact Practices and is the chairperson-elect of the American Association of University Administrators.

The School of Arts and Sciences, which includes the Arts and Communications Department, is a diverse scholarly community that promotes a foundation of reasoned inquiry that enables students to develop philosophical, ethical, scientific and artistic knowledge. The School offers the core academic courses for students who are pursuing associate or bachelor’s degrees from Seminole State.

As one of the nation’s fastest-growing colleges and the ninth-largest state college in the Florida College System, Seminole State College enables its employees to advance their careers in a rewarding, culturally diverse environment that cultivates the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need today.

Additionally, Seminole State has been named a “Great College to Work For”, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. Only 84 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Seminole State included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students.


About Seminole State College of Florida:
Seminole State College of Florida, with 1,500 employees on six sites in Central Florida, is the ninth-largest employer in Seminole County. The College offers a competitive benefits package, incentives for advanced education, and opportunities for personal and professional development. For information on careers at Seminole State, please visit the Human Resources employment website. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

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