Hielema Named Florida Tech Vice President to Lead Orlando Center

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony J. Catanese has announced that Leslie Hielema has been appointed vice president for The Orlando Center of Florida Tech, effective Jan. 1. The Florida Tech alumna is currently president of Orlando, Inc. (the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce).

“We are excited to have someone of Leslie’s experience join our leadership team,” Catanese said. “The Orlando region is of growing importance to Florida Tech. I am confident that Leslie is the person to help us expand our educational horizons and build our presence in that important area of the state.”

A lifelong student, Hielema holds a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan; a Master’s of Science in Management with an International Focus from Boston University; and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Tech. She is recognized for her development of curricula in entrepreneurship and e-commerce for Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she has served as a visiting professor. With a unique combination of technical knowledge and business expertise, she has continually pushed the boundaries on challenges ranging from product development to classified government contracting objectives both stateside and in global markets.

“I am thrilled to return to FIT,” Hielema said. “I have great affection for the university and the impact it has had on my life. I hope that I can give back as much as FIT gave to me. I look forward to growing FIT’s presence and impact in the Orlando area and enhancing connections and opportunities for the university to make an even greater impact on the region. I couldn’t be happier to remain in the community that my daughter and I call home.”

The Orlando Regional Chamber is one of four lines of business of the Central Florida Partnership. A “Five-Star Chamber” – the highest level of achievement awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – it is positioned to serve the growing needs of businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the Central Florida Region. Working together with BusinessForce (Public Policy Advocacy), myregion.org (Regional Research & Resolves) and Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership), the Central Florida Partnership mantra is moving “Ideas to Results.”

Florida Tech is a growing, internationally respected Tier 1 Best National University, per U.S. News and World Report, annually educating students from across the globe. In 2013, it will celebrate its 55th anniversary.


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