Dr. Allen Bottorff, VP & Chief Business Officer: The most influential guy that you’ve never met (in person)

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Dr. Allen Bottorff has been on the job at Polk State College since March 2020 but has only been to his on-campus office seven times. In fact, he has only met his colleagues face-to-face a handful of times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bottorff was hired in March as the Interim Vice President for Business Administration & Finance and was appointed as the official Vice President for Business Administration & Finance and Chief Business Officer in September 2020. During his time with the College, Bottorff has been indispensable in providing support to Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, Polk State President, in responding to the pandemic, facilitating recovery efforts, and navigating financial challenges.

“Dr. Bottorff has proven himself repeatedly to be an excellent communicator, skillful and talented administrator, and a strong and effective leader,” Dr. Falconetti said. “His exceptional skills are needed for Polk State to navigate this continuing health and financial crisis and to further grow the College.”

“Dr. Bottorff has proven himself repeatedly to be an excellent communicator, skillful and talented administrator, and a strong and effective leader,” Dr. Falconetti said. “His exceptional skills are needed for Polk State to navigate this continuing health and financial crisis and to further grow the College.”

While the majority of Dr. Bottorff’s Polk State career has been through the remote environment, he has impressed his colleagues with his commitment to the College, effectiveness at managing complex issues, steady leadership, and ever-present sense of humor.

Moreover, it takes a very special person to quickly build rapport and trust with colleagues who have only interacted with him remotely, his coworkers shared.

“Allen is very personable which is helpful when you are charged with creating a functional, efficient support system during a pandemic,” Vice President for Student Services Reggie Webb said. “Allen’s calm demeanor and consistent leadership helped focus the academic and business units to be the most effective for students and College operations. He brought peace during a pandemic.”

Dr. Bottorff’s communication skills have been critical to his success. Numerous colleagues have noted his interest in transparency and inclusivity.

“Allen has been working to make the planning and budgeting process more open and inclusive to faculty and he has been extremely responsive and communicative whenever faculty have a question or request,” Faculty Senate President Bill Caldecutt said. “He is personable and easy to speak with, making him a great fit for our tight community.”

While COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the first nine months of his tenure, Dr. Bottorff has not lost focus on his goals for the position.

He came to Polk State with an interest in helping to modernize systems and procedures for the purpose of supporting Dr. Falconetti’s work of bringing the College to the next level.

“I love the culture of Polk State – we’re still small enough to know each other and we are on the precipice of significant growth,” he said. “I don’t want us to lose the down-to-earth, family-friendly way of doing things; rather, I want things to work more efficiently and smarter to serve our students.”

His colleagues have confidence that he will continue to be an asset to the College.

“Allen’s professional experience with other state colleges and universities gives him a broad-based view of College operations which has served him well in his brief time at Polk State,” said Teresa Vorous, District Director of Business Affairs & Budgeting. “He is truly committed to improving services to our students and the Polk State community by seeking to grow the College and diversify its revenue streams to strengthen the institution.”