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JJ comes to the VARC with over 10 years of professional higher education experience, primarily in academic advising and residence life. Before joining UCF in 2006, he worked at a variety of academic institutions and companies including Southwest Ohio Consortium of Higher Educations (SOCHE), University of West Florida, East Carolina University, and Hillsborough Community College in the areas of programming, residence life, academic advising, and academic and university relations.
JJ also spent 5 years as a hospitality management professional, serving as Director of Housekeeping and Assistant Property Management for companies such as Homewood Suites, Clarion Suites, and JME Vacations (Destin). JJ grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and is a graduate of Wright State University; he holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration as well as a Bachelor’s in Communications and Public Relations.
He grew up as an Air Force dependent living on or near military bases including Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Bowling, and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. When not teaching or taking courses at UCF, he can be found visiting the local theme parks, traveling, and reading.