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.
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.'”
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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