Title: Assistant Dean, Director of Office of Student Services
Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Sandra Witt, Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Student Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology and gerontology.
Dr. Witt became involved in her profession due to a nascent interest in psychology that began during her own education. She has long been fascinated with the field, and also with genealogy, and is fortunate in her career to have worked in both fields. Dr. Witt found enjoyment upon working with older members of society and due to this experience pursued gerontological studies. Early in Dr. Witt’s career, she worked as an international hostess and in-flight instructor for Trans World Airlines. In 1971, she shifted her focus to academia, becoming a graduate teaching assistant at Emory University while matriculating in the master’s program for psychology. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Witt both taught and practiced in the field of psychology, lending her skills at the University of Florida and private practices such as the Sunland Training Center.
In addition to a Master of Arts in psychology, Dr. Witt holds a Master of Arts in German from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Arts in German from the University of Florida and a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Florida. In addition to teaching and directing programs at the University of Florida, Dr. Witt is the assistant editor of the Swedish-Finn Historical Society Quarterly. She has also served as the secretary and CFO of WMW Holdings since 2007, and of Witt Family Rentals, LLC since 2005. Among her many achievements, Dr. Witt cites some of her top achievements as having successfully fulfilled the prescribed requirements and being granted a Certificate in Gerontology in conjunction with the PhD degree in psychology from the Center for Geronotolgical Studies and Programs at the University of Florida. In addition, Dr. Witt feels her work in academia has yielded some of the most rewarding and meaningful years of her life.
Dr. Witt has forged and maintained professional affiliations with a variety of organizations that have aided in her development. In her career, she has been active with the National Association of Retarded Citizens, the Gerontological Society, the Southeastern Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, Phi Beta Kappa, the Connecticut Ancestry Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Southern Genealogists’’ Exchange Society and the Swedish-Finn Historical Society. For her work, she has been recognized with several accolades, including the Superior Accomplishment Award and Faculty Service Award from the University of Florida and the Sunland Center recognized with the Health and Rehabilitative Services Deep Appreciation for Devoted Service to the Clients and Staff.
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