College Update, December 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

As you have heard, the name change is official. We will be “Valencia College.” It will be effective July, 2011 and we have plans for rolling it out, changing signs, etc. Quite a number of students have written me to determine if their diplomas from this spring will read Valencia Community College or Valencia College. The answer is nothing changes until July…

As I announced to West Campus Monday, let me now announce to the entire college that Dr. Falecia Williams will serve as Interim Provost of the West Campus beginning January until the selection of a new leader for the campus is completed, probably around June. She has served Valencia for some ten years in a variety of leadership roles and came to us from a career in gifted education at the secondary level.

We have a large selection committee involved in a very open and collaborative process recruiting candidates and discerning together who may be the best fit for West Campus at this time: Lisa Macon, Russell Takashima, Gustavo Morales, Diane Orsini, Sharyn Gaston, Suzanne Lynch, Elizabeth Renn, Nasser Hedayat, Ty Johnson, Kathleen Plinske, Vicki Brooks (community member), Cathie Hansen, Michal Ewing, and a professional staff rep to be named, along with an SGA rep to be named.

After much reflection, I have decided to change the title of the chief campus leadership positions from Provost to Campus President, effective July 1. It is a change in title only, but it signals a couple of important things. First, our provost title has never been very well understood around the state or country because it is an unconventional title for the chief campus leader, a holdover from when Valencia had no chief academic officer. Second, this ambiguity makes it more difficult to recruit candidates to the position since it makes little sense to them, hence the decision to do this prior to the search for West Campus’s leader. (We were lucky to get Dr. Plinske to Valencia in spite of this issue!) And third, it signals the level of leadership we desire from the chief campus officers in their work with faculty, deans, and staff.

Jane and I hope with all our hearts that you will enjoy a very special Christmas this year. See you in 2011!

Sandy Shugart

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