Academic Affairs - Boca Raton campus
Welcome from the Office of Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton campus. The role of this office is to oversee all academic operations of the campus and it is directed by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Our mission is to provide students quality instruction facilitated by excellent faculty and staff in order to achieve academic success.
At this campus we pride ourselves at being student centered and providing the best learning resources in the areas of developmental and credit courses, managed by a dedicated staff that places students first.
The Boca Raton campus is conveniently located in close proximity to Florida Atlantic University's main campus providing students with additional opportunities and shared resources, such as the FAU library for the Palm Beach State students.
Dr. Roy Vargas joined Palm Beach State College in 2016 as the Dean of Educational Services for the Belle Glade campus. He was appointed as the Dean of Academic Affairs for the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses after two months in the role. Dr. Vargas transferred to the Boca Raton campus in 2019, as the Academic Dean supporting a campus with more than 8,500 students enrolled.
He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Universidad de Costa Rica. His background in business and his entrepreneurial spirit supports initiatives in developing a more streamlined and economically-minded approach to job training for the Palm Beach County workforce. He is committed to educational excellence and bringing opportunities to our diverse community.
Dr. Vargas served as Interim Dean of the Schools of Business and Media & Creative Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Before his role as interim dean, he was the Associate Dean of the School of Business for two and a half years and a full-time business/supervisory management instructor for 11 years. He also served as a lecturer and adjunct business professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as a chemistry professor at two universities in his native country of Costa Rica.
He worked for two years at the Connecticut-based Analitica de Centroamerica (Perkin
Elmer Co.) corporation in San José, Costa Rica, representing the company to the Latino-American
market and providing technical support and sales in the region. He managed a 200-person
sales force, serving the majority of Latin America. He left in 1995 to start his own
company named Proquisa, a distributor for several international chemical and biochemical
Dr. Roy Vargas, Dean of Academic Affairs
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics,
Entrepreneurship, Computer Science, Business,
Accounting, Education, Developmental Mathematics,
Natural & Physical Sciences
Ana Sarinana-Galvan, Administrative Assistant II
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