Jose F. Valencia

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Jose F. Valencia
Jose Valencia Giving Award Recipient Speech.jpg
Jose Valencia was honored on Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Russian American Foundation.[1]
2nd President of ASA College
In office
March 2019 – Current
Preceded byAlex Shchegol
Personal details
Alma materBaruch College

Jose Valencia (born December 2, year unknown) is the President of ASA College with locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Hialeah, FL. He began his presidential tenure in August 2018 as Co-president and was named sole President in March 2019. Under his leadership, ASA College rejoined the national organization, Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU).[2] He had previously served as ASA's Comptroller from 2009-2012, and as CFO from 2012 to 2018, during the College's accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[3] Prior to his work with ASA, he had been appointed CEO of the New York Association for New Americans in 2004 when the organization reshaped itself as the number of refugees from the former Soviet Union declined.[4]

On June 20, 2019, he was the recipient of an honorary citation from the Russian American Foundation and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President for his lifelong contributions to the improvement of Russian-speaking communities via his work with NYANA and the many students of Russian descent who have attended ASA College.[5]

Early life[edit]

Valencia was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is the fifth child of parents Luis and Lucrecia Valencia's nine children. He immigrated to NYC in the mid 1970s. After earning a BA at Baruch College, he began at the New York City Comptroller's Office as a Staff Accountant, became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and eventually became a Bureau Chief.[6]



In 1990, Jose joined the New York Association of New Americans (NYANA), an $80 million a year nonprofit organization which at the time was the largest Jewish refugee resettlement agency in the country,[7] as its Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing all financing activities, including maintaining the general ledger, and preparing financial statements. In February 1994, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer. In January 2000, Jose was appointed NYANA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer overseeing the financial, administrative and client service operations.

In August 2004, Jose was appointed President and CEO. Under his leadership, NYANA began providing services to non-Jewish immigrant communities and expanded its range of services.[8] All told, in his 17 years at NYANA, Jose made history being the first non-Jewish President of this Jewish organization and played a key role in an organization that resettled hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees and immigrants from other countries.[9] A great majority of those who benefited from NYANA's services came from the former Soviet Union and therefore spoke Russian. Such was Jose's positive and lasting impact on the Russian-speaking community that on June 20, 2019, the Russian American Foundation and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President awarded him with a proclamation for his lifelong contributions to the improvement of Russian-speaking communities.[10][11]

VIP Community Services[edit]

After NYANA, Jose worked as the Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer for VIP Community Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides an array of services in the Bronx. Prior to Jose coming to VIP, the organization had a perennial $1 million a year deficit. Through strategic staff reduction, Jose was able to eliminate the deficit entirely. In fact, during Fiscal Year 2009, Jose's last year at VIP, the organization had a surplus of over $100,000.[12][13]

ASA College[edit]

In 2009, Jose was recruited by ASA College, a two-year degree-granting institution, to develop a budget, establish sound financial controls, and train its finance staff. This was required as part of the Middle States accreditation process. In March 2010, the evaluation visit took place and ASA was awarded a five-year initial accreditation, with reaccreditation affirmed in 2015. The review cited ASA’s financial function as being one of reasons why ASA was awarded the five-year accreditation. In July 2018, Jose was named Co-President of ASA. In March 2019, the Board of Trustees named him the sole President of the college.[14]

Since 2018, Jose has served as an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). He is a member of the 2020-21 Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Post Secondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC).[15][16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Olga Khomenets, "[1]," Dziennik Polonijny, Polish Daily News, June 25, 2019, accessed March 30, 2021
  2. ^ "CECU Member School Listing". CECU website.
  3. ^ "ASA College, Directory Listing". MSCHE website.
  4. ^ Walter Ruby, "Longtime NYANA Chief Quits," The New York Jewish Week, August 20, 2004, accessed March 16, 2021
  5. ^ F. Chernin, "[2]," Forum Daily, June 28, 2019, accessed March 16, 2021
  6. ^ Michael Miller (host) (July 2, 2021). Jose Valencia is on Miami's Community News (Live Televised Interview Republished on Community Newspapers Youtube Channel). Miami: Community Newspapers: Miami's Community News. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  7. ^ Marvine Howe, "[3]," The New York Times, October 14, 1984, accessed March 16, 2021
  8. ^ "NPO Spotlight: New York Association for New Americans". Philanthropy News Digest, January 25, 2005. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  9. ^ Rachel Pomerance, "From 'clients' to 'partners': ties among Jews are changing", Jewish Telegraphic Agency, April 1, 2004, Online at Highbeam, subscription required.
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams celebrates Russian-speaking community". Russian American Foundation Website.
  11. ^ ASA College. "Ceremony Honoring President Jose Valencia in connection with 17th Annual Russian Heritage Month". ASA College. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  12. ^ Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. (2006, January). Form 990. Retrieved from
  13. ^ Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. (2007, January). Form 990. Retrieved from
  14. ^ Adam Levy, "[4]," The New York Post, accessed March 16, 2021 via
  15. ^ "2020-21 BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF". FAPSC website.
  16. ^ ASA College News. "An Unprecedented Honor, President Valencia Joins FAPSC Board". ASA College News. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  17. ^ "People on the Move: Jose Valencia". South Florida Business Journal, June 16, 2021. Retrieved June 28, 2021.

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Preceded by 2nd President of ASA College
2019 - 2021
Succeeded by