Getting Through This Together With Trust

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In a follow up to their conversation in March, Valencia College President Sandy Shugart and Faculty Association President Stanton Reed came together again (with Lysol wipes on the ready) to have an open and honest discussion about how the College has fared through transitioning to online instruction, our new state of teaching and learning through crisis, collaborating in a new normal and our current best view for how we will move forward with efforts to reopen.

Trust in each other and our leadership will be key to navigating steadily through these times, a sentiment expressed by both Sandy and Stanton. Dr. Shugart ended the discussion with a timely poem by David Whyte titled, “Everything is Waiting for You,” about hope when you feel alone.

Tune in to watch the conversation. Organized by topic, the videos below provide insight on summer enrollment, guiding principles for assigning course loads, budget, operational plans and more.

Topic 1: How Are We Faring?
Topic 2: State of Summer
Topic 3: Budget Expectations
Topic 4: Course Load Assignments
Topic 5: Reopening and Collaboration in the New Normal
Topic 6: Trust and Hope Moving Forward

As for the rule guiding what’s ahead, Dr. Shugart reminds us, “we’re all in this together.”


  • Marta said:

    Dr. Shugart,

    There is so much uncertainty in this time, but having such great leaders as Valencia College has makes the difference.

    Thank you for your continuous communication and the messages of trust and hope!

    Would you mind sharing such beautiful poem?

    Very Respectfully,


    PMTue, 12 May 2020 17:55:47 +0000Tue, 12 May 2020 17:55:47 +0000pm20,5:55 pm

  • Darla Brown said:

    Thank you for your on-going communication during these uncertain times, it's truly appreciated.

    PMTue, 12 May 2020 18:54:21 +0000Tue, 12 May 2020 18:54:21 +0000pm20,6:54 pm

  • Rita Maldonado said:

    Excellent conversation and information from both of you! Thank you Stanton and Dr. Shugart for your wisdom, calming words and inspiration to us front line staff 🙂 Knowing your expectations and vision during this time has been passed down to leadership gives me comfort as we work to define the new normal as staff and as we help our students navigate these uncertain times.

    AMWed, 13 May 2020 07:46:49 +0000Wed, 13 May 2020 07:46:49 +0000am20,7:46 am

  • April Montallana said:

    These are great – thank you for your constant communication and letting us know you and Valencia cares. Kudos always to Dr. Shugart and Stanton.

    PMWed, 13 May 2020 16:41:33 +0000Wed, 13 May 2020 16:41:33 +0000pm20,4:41 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

    COVID-19 Vaccination Update

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 A Message from Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations The West Campus state/FEMA COVID site is now administering both first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Additionally, the Florida Department of Health will bring its mobile vaccination bus to Osceola and Poinciana Campuses to vaccinate Valencia College employees and students, as well as community […]

    COVID-19 Vaccination Update

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 A Message from Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations As you may have heard, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — out of an abundance of caution — as it investigates six reported U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot […]