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John R. Holdnak

Dr. John R. Holdnak

Vice Chancellor for Financial Policy
Division of Colleges and Workforce Education
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: (850) 245-0448
Fax: (850) 245-9454
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Dr. Holdnak serves as the chief financial and budget officer for the Florida College System, providing policy direction for the legislative budget request, the distribution of state funds, business and personnel issues, and management information systems. The Florida College System is composed of 28 individually governed colleges, which consists of 61 campuses, 177 sites, serves over 900,000 students and has an annual budget of approximately $2 billion. John is also responsible for providing policy direction and administrative supervision of the College Center for Library Automation, chairs the Community College Funding Formula Committee for the Council of Presidents, and serves as an ex-officio member of the Florida College Systems Risk Management Consortium’s operations committee. Holdnak’s current statewide leadership roles also membership on the board of directors for the Florida Association of Community Colleges’ Foundation.

Holdnak received an associate of arts degree from Pensacola Junior College and completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University. He also earned his Master’s in Psychology from Florida State University and his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida. Holdnak joined Florida’s Community College System in 1982, at Gulf Coast Community College, serving for 26 years in a variety of roles in student development, academic affairs, and administrative/financial services. His previous responsibilities included teaching, chairing an academic department, directing the athletics program, directing human resources, and serving as the college’s chief business officer. As the college’s vice president of administration and finance, he supervised and provided direction for facilities management, human resources, institutional advancement, computer services, business affairs, purchasing, construction, risk management, auxiliary services, and the college’s foundation.