Chancellor, Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career and Adult Education

Dr. Kevin O’Farrell serves as the Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education for the Florida Department of Education.  He provides strategic leadership to the career and technical education programs, workforce education, apprenticeship programs, and adult education throughout the State of Florida.   This involves all the sub-baccalaureate curriculum, training, and related funding at the state’s 28 Florida Colleges, and 48 Technical Colleges and Centers.   

Dr. O’Farrell is the state director for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and chairs/serves on numerous statewide leadership boards including, the State Apprenticeship Advisory Council, the Credential Review Committee, the Florida Council of 100, CareerSource Florida, and the Talent Development Council.  


Dr. O’Farrell has over 15 years of experience in higher education as an instructor, executive administrator, and state leader.  In addition to his service in higher education, he has worked on several economic development and workforce initiatives including talent pipeline development and curriculum alignment with workforce needs.    

His academic leadership experience includes college operations, planning, budgeting, advocacy, fundraising and community and industry partnerships.  He has overseen, directed, and coordinated state and regional accreditation, articulation between the secondary and post-secondary sectors, university partnerships, developmental education, instruction, staff and professional development programs, and academic administrative affairs.  He most recently served as Provost for the two-site Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus.    

Dr. O’Farrell has taught on government, public policy, social science, and civic engagement and has spoken at numerous conferences on issues related to workforce strategy, student success, and community engagement and his research interests include globalization, leadership, power dynamics, and cultural and societal stability. 

Dr. O’Farrell has received numerous awards for this work in the community including Business Leader of the Year, Chairman’s Award, Excellence in Inclusivity, and Excellence in Collaboration (North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce) and Outstanding Leadership in the Community (United Way, Pasco County).      

Dr. O’Farrell holds a B.S. in Communications from Toccoa Falls College, a M.A. in Political Science and an MPA from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on higher education policy and leadership from the University of South Florida. 

An avid reader, runner, and gym-rat, he resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, Kathryn, and three sons William, James, and Philip.