SANFORD C. “SANDY” SHUGART
PRESIDENT, VALENCIA COLLEGE, ORLANDO
Shugart, a musician and poet, has been Valencia’s president for 20 years. The inaugural winner of the prestigious Aspen Prize, Valencia enrolls some 74,000 students. Two out of three graduates from local high schools in Orange and Osceola counties who attend college anywhere enroll at Valencia. The college employees more than 3,000 faculty and staff.
|EDUCATION||UNC-Chapel Hill (BA, MA, Ph.D.)|
|PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION||I once thought I would have to choose among leadership in education, creative writing, music, consulting, etc., but have been very fortunate to be able to remain active in all of these fields throughout my career, discovering that these varied pursuits nourish one another in interesting ways.|
|FLORIDA ISSUE||Lifting the bottom quartile of workers, those trapped on the bottom rungs of the ladder, into sustaining full-time employment|
|ALTERNATE CAREER?||Starving, but joyfully making music|