After an extensive national search and many months of visits, meetings, and deliberations, Dr. Shugart, president of Valencia, is pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Ledlow will be joining Valencia as the next vice president of academic affairs and planning in mid-August.
“Susan’s deep collaborative skills stood out throughout the search process,” said Dr. Shugart. “What delights Susan the most about joining Valencia in this important role is the chance to work in collaboration with deeply committed learning leaders.”
Susan comes to Valencia from Arizona State University (ASU) where she has served in a variety of capacities focused on bi-lingual/bi-cultural education (with Native American populations), faculty development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning since 1984.
Most recently, she has shifted her focus to academic program and curriculum development as a leader in the development of the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. In this role, her extensive experience as a collaborative leader enabled her to develop an excellent program with partners through “good ideas and mutuality, rather than power and line authority,” Dr. Shugart said.
A graduate of Pensacola Junior College, Susan has pursued higher education in the fields of anthropology and psychology, earning a bachelor and master’s degree in anthropology, as well as a second master’s and doctorate in social psychology. Her research interests include social/resource dilemmas, quality of life, and many topics related to the psychology of conservation and sustainability.
In her application materials for the vice president position, she attributed many of her career interests and aspirations to the quality of instruction she received at Pensacola Junior College, and expressed her value for the role that community colleges play in the lives of students, faculty, staff and communities.
If Susan’s name sounds familiar to you, it might be that you have worked with her during one of her dozens of visits to Valencia as an expert/scholar in teamwork, group dynamics, and cooperative learning.
She has led seminars on a variety of topics including leadership for effective planning and decision making, designing and assessing learning outcomes, critical thinking, and cooperative learning. A nationally-recognized consultant on these topics, Susan has been a part of Valencia’s faculty development program for years, leading similar seminars and as such, has come to know the college, our faculty, and our culture.
“My approach to leadership (in its broad sense) is to collaborate with colleagues to create shared meaning and common goals. I assume that my colleagues share my love of teaching and learning, and possess an equal desire for excellence,” Susan said.
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