Featured Colleague: For Larry Fox, Working Hard Has Paid Off

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

By Claudia Zequeira

Larry Fox, manager, courier services, learned the meaning of hard work in his native West Virginia, where his family members grew the very food they put on their table.

“If we didn’t grow it, we didn’t eat,” he said. “But it was a great upbringing. You could run around in the country all day and be safe.”

That work ethic got him noticed at Valencia College, where he started in 1998 as a shipping clerk at a campus bookstore. In between, he briefly left the College to work as a locksmith and in sales.

Larry returned to the College in 2011 as a part-time delivery courier. Today, he manages a team of 12 couriers who do their best to ship, receive and deliver packages collegewide. Among the items shipped are lab materials, computer equipment and mail.

More recently, and as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, his department helped send art supplies to students who needed to complete their work online. In addition, he helped send more than 1,000 laptops to students, a monumental effort undertaken by the College to ensure equity among those without access to resources.

“It was all done in less than a month’s time, and we have more coming. Students are really appreciative of that,” said Larry of the effort, an accomplishment of which he is proud.

Their next push will be delivering textbooks to Disney Aspire students.

And that’s just what he loves about working at Valencia, an atmosphere that he described as collaborative yet “not corporate.”

“I like that all these departments can come together so that students can be successful,” he said. “It’s different from every place I’ve worked for. It’s a very positive atmosphere.”

He is also inspired by the College’s mission.

“I think Valencia signifies that no matter what walk of life you come from, you can get resources and an education,” he said. “It’s a safe environment for any students to come and pursue their educational goals.”

Valencia, he said, is also a place that encourages growth. He said he was able to improve his skills thanks in part to his supervisor, Paul Rooney, assistant vice president, operations, who he described as being “very supportive.”

He also mentioned that Valencia’s professional development opportunities are a good reason to work here. Specifically, he mentioned PIVOT 180, a leadership training program that Paul encouraged him to pursue.

“I had just transitioned into the manager role [when I did PIVOT],” he said. “It helped me develop skills and helped me realize the skills I needed and the kind of leader I wanted to be.”

Paul, meanwhile, praised Larry for being “a true ‘team player,’ and a strong leader of our Courier Services Department.”

He also commended Larry for his “can do” attitude during the pandemic and his work ethic in general.

“Larry is not afraid to go above and beyond to assist all members of the College,” said Paul. “I routinely receive thank you notes and praise about his willingness to assist others. Larry is a true asset and we are very proud to have his professionalism, dedication, loyalty and expertise as he serves as our courier services manager.”

Larry graduated from high school in West Virginia and moved to Orlando in the 1990s. In his free time, he loves spending time with his grandchildren, who are one and two years old. Larry also enjoys the outdoors and playing flag football with friends.

In addition, he has a door-to-door ministry which, since the pandemic started, has focused its work on mailing letters of hope and encouragement.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.

19 Comments

  • Kelley Matlock said:

    Larry brings a sense of calm at every encounter. Super helpful, always finding the perfect solution whenever needed. My observation is he leads his team by example – rolls up his sleeves along-side his team. Definitely one of the great gems Valencia has scattered throughout the college.

    Well done Larry!

    AMTue, 09 Jun 2020 10:09:54 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:09:54 +0000am20,10:09 am

  • Larry said:

    Thank you Kelley! Always great working along side you!

    AMTue, 09 Jun 2020 10:13:57 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:13:57 +0000am20,10:13 am

  • Gerri Morrison said:

    This is a beautiful story of Mr.Fox.
    He is such a hardworker and I am super proud of his accomplishments. He is a great Manager and his work ethics is amplified in the way he and his team works. No matter what my department needs h and his team are always available to do whatever is needed. Valencia is so very fortunate to have such an honest worker as Mr. Fox.

    Congratulations to you Larry. You are so deserving.

    PMTue, 09 Jun 2020 16:22:29 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 16:22:29 +0000pm20,4:22 pm

  • Leslie Nkrumah said:

    Congratulations Larry! Thank you and your team for your efforts. My Disney Aspire students were so grateful when they received their books during this difficult transition to online classes.
    Thank you!

    PMTue, 09 Jun 2020 18:14:07 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:14:07 +0000pm20,6:14 pm

  • Chanda Postell said:

    Congratulations, Larry! So wonderful getting to continue to work with you!

    PMTue, 09 Jun 2020 18:16:17 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:16:17 +0000pm20,6:16 pm

  • Kellie Robertson said:

    Yay Larry!! Very well deserved 🙂

    PMTue, 09 Jun 2020 19:55:59 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 19:55:59 +0000pm20,7:55 pm

  • Marie Vasquez-Brooks said:

    Always such a pleasure to work with – thank you Larry for your dedication and commitment to putting students first!

    PMTue, 09 Jun 2020 20:41:23 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 20:41:23 +0000pm20,8:41 pm

  • Shauna Anstey said:

    Larry is a great partner and trusted colleague. He is always willing to help make things happen and I'm so thankful that I get to work with him on many projects throughout the year. Thank you for all of the "behind the scenes" work that supports our students and the college. Congratulations Larry!

    PMTue, 09 Jun 2020 20:47:09 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 20:47:09 +0000pm20,8:47 pm

  • Stanton Reed said:

    Larry your story is inspiring. I appreciate you for your service and positive outlook.

    PMTue, 09 Jun 2020 21:34:27 +0000Tue, 09 Jun 2020 21:34:27 +0000pm20,9:34 pm

  • Alex Erdmann said:

    It's a pleasure working with you Larry! Thanks for holding the fort!

    AMWed, 10 Jun 2020 06:26:43 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 06:26:43 +0000am20,6:26 am

  • Nancy said:

    Hello Larry,

    With the few times we communicated, I believe your story does not reflect as much as your diligence, dedication and hard work in reality! Thank you for always being there for us!

    AMWed, 10 Jun 2020 06:40:42 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 06:40:42 +0000am20,6:40 am

  • Shivani Persaud said:

    Congrats, Larry. Your pleasant demeanor and willingness to help is always appreciated!

    AMWed, 10 Jun 2020 06:41:33 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 06:41:33 +0000am20,6:41 am

  • Solange said:

    Larry is awesome! Thank you for all you do, and for being such a great team member!

    AMWed, 10 Jun 2020 08:20:22 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 08:20:22 +0000am20,8:20 am

  • jzuromski said:

    Larry Fox is one of my favorite people at Valencia. He is always kind, always professional, and always knows just how to help. He has helped in various ways over the years with our Phoenix magazine, not only by making sure we get the copies hot off the press, but but doing other things we need, like helping us mail copies to student editors who have moved on. One year he even let us set up rows of tables in shipping to assemble the magazine! He's awesome. Thank you, Larry. You are appreciated. Jackie:)

    AMWed, 10 Jun 2020 09:45:14 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:45:14 +0000am20,9:45 am

  • Barbara E. Halstead said:

    Congratulations to Larry for this well-deserved recognition. He is such a great partner in our work and also a good friend. Another home-grown success story from the hills of West Virginia. Let's Go…Mountaineers!

    AMWed, 10 Jun 2020 10:18:02 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 10:18:02 +0000am20,10:18 am

  • April Montallana said:

    We love Larry!!! Larry is always so kind, helpful, thoughtful, and accommodating to the Dental Hygiene program (we always have a lot of deliveries coming in!). He is always so approachable and I appreciate his great leadership always, especially during this time when Courier Services is still working hard on campus. Congrats on this very well-deserved recognition. So wonderful to have you at Valencia.
    Sidenote: my husband was born in raised in Wheeling, West Virginia 🙂

    PMWed, 10 Jun 2020 15:50:40 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:50:40 +0000pm20,3:50 pm

  • Amanda King said:

    Congrats, Larry! You are such a genuine and caring person. I know that the Employee Development really appreciates all of the hard work and logistics that you and your team assist us with for Career Anniversary. We know you are a partner we can turn to and trust. Thank you sincerely for all you do!

    PMWed, 10 Jun 2020 17:22:12 +0000Wed, 10 Jun 2020 17:22:12 +0000pm20,5:22 pm

  • Maritza Goodman said:

    Congratulations, Larry! We are proud to have an employee like you as part of our team.

    PMThu, 11 Jun 2020 15:42:01 +0000Thu, 11 Jun 2020 15:42:01 +0000pm20,3:42 pm

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    We appreciate the hard work from you and your team, Larry!

    PMTue, 30 Jun 2020 16:53:56 +0000Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:53:56 +0000pm20,4:53 pm

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