• The Passing of a Great Educator: Dr. Charles Millican

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010

    The University of Central Florida’s founding president, Dr. Charles Millican, passed away today. A strong supporter of Valencia during its founding…

  • College Update

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    This year is proving to be one of transition in Academic Affairs. Just three months ago we welcomed Dr. Kathleen Plinske to Valencia as the Osceola Campus Provost. Last week we bid farewell to Dr. Kaye Walter as she starts her new assignment as President of the Indianapolis Campus of Ivy Tech. This afternoon we wish Dr. Jared Graber a long and happy retirement after many years service as a professor, dean, and provost. We’ll miss him.

    Meanwhile, we’ve just completed a search process for a new provost of the West Campus. After much reflection over the feedback from more than a hundred staff and faculty, I have reached the conclusion that we have not yet found just the right leader for the West Campus. Therefore, we will need to start a fresh search for this position with the intention of filling it by June 1, 2011 and we will need to appoint an interim provost for the spring.

  • Valencia Update, October 2010

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    I hope the dust is settling from the fall semester start-up and you are all finding your stride in the new…

  • Welcome to Another Year

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    Dear Friends and Colleagues, I’m so pleased to welcome you to a new academic year. For those of us who love…

  • National Spotlight on Florida Community Colleges Offering Bachelor’s Degrees

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Inside Higher Ed explores the issue of Florida’s community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in this article published today.

    Not Just a Foot in the Door
    August 12, 2010

    “Given that there was still demand for these programs, Central Florida wanted Valencia to take on at least two of them. So, if Valencia wins the state board’s approval, it plans to begin offering baccalaureate degrees in engineering technology and radiology imaging. Shugart acknowledged that if his institution did not offer these degrees they probably would not be offered in and around the Orlando area. Still, he is not eager to add any more four-year degrees.

    ‘We would not have done this if [Central Florida] had not approached us,’ Shugart said. ‘We have our hands pretty full already. As long as the need was met elsewhere, we wouldn’t have done this. … At least for now, ‘community’ is our middle name. I’d like to keep it that way.'”

  • College Update: Valencia’s Budget for 2010-2011

    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    by Sandy Shugart
    June 1, 2010

    I have good news to share. First, the legislature is out of session as of a couple of weeks ago – always good news. Second, in spite of ongoing budget challenges due to the recession (next year is expected to be the toughest, and then we’ll see recovery in state revenues), the legislature recognized the extraordinary efforts made by community colleges to preserve access to the flood of new students in recent years and approved a very manageable budget for us. Not generous, but manageable. Third, as of Friday, the deadline for the Governor to veto elements of the budget passed with no action that would adversely affect Valencia. (You may have read in the news how others were not spared the veto…)

  • Keynote Address at Big Ideas Conference, 2009

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    “Can Our Institutions Accommodate to People Who Don’t Believe in Them?”
    Sandy Shugart served as one of the keynote speakers at the Big Ideas Fest in 2009. Not your usual education conference, the three-day Big Ideas Fest is an immersion into collaboration and design with the focus on inspiring and modeling cutting-edge thinking in K-20 education. The next Big Ideas Fest 2010 is December 5-8 in Half Moon Bay, California.

  • How To Reverse Higher Ed’s Dropout Crisis?

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    by Eliza Krigman

    Valencia President Sandy Shugart joined thought leaders from the government, academia and business today and called for an improvement in college completion rates. At stake, they said, is Americans’ ability to remain competitive in a global economy.

  • On Doing Good

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    A chapter from the manuscript In the Crucible of Work, authored by Sanford Shugart

    Doing well and doing good are not the same thing. When we go to work, especially when we take on the mantle of leadership – the responsibility to steward an enterprise on behalf of those we serve and those with whom we serve – they have every reason to expect our best. Our best efforts to lead with and toward excellence come with the role we assume as leader, no matter what the purpose of the organization. This is about doing our jobs well. It is a matter of commitment, competence, and performance. But in addition to doing our work well, it is also of vital importance to our work, ourselves, and our organizations that we do good, seeking both ends and means that are, in a word, a blessing to others.

  • College Update: Baccalaureate Degrees and a Possible Name Change

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    by Sandy Shugart November 2, 2009 You have often heard me speak of my deep commitment to our partnership with UCF…