Susan Ledlow, Our New VP of Academic Affairs and Planning

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.

If you would like to welcome Susan to the Valencia family, please do so by leaving a comment below.


  • Lisa Macon said:

    Welcome Susan! We are so happy to have you joining us.

    PMTue, 05 Jun 2012 18:52:25 +0000Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:52:25 +0000pm12,6:52 pm

  • Michelle Foster said:

    Welcome to Valencia Susan!

    AMWed, 06 Jun 2012 02:53:54 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 02:53:54 +0000am12,2:53 am

  • Celine said:

    Thrilled to have you coming!

    AMWed, 06 Jun 2012 03:19:37 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 03:19:37 +0000am12,3:19 am

  • James May said:

    Welcome to the team Susan! We are looking forward to working with you!

    AMWed, 06 Jun 2012 03:31:07 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 03:31:07 +0000am12,3:31 am

  • Rachel Allen said:

    This is exciting news for Valencia. Welcome Susan.

    AMWed, 06 Jun 2012 04:13:31 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 04:13:31 +0000am12,4:13 am

  • Tom Lopez said:

    Welcome to the Valencia family and what will be an awesome great adventure!

    AMWed, 06 Jun 2012 04:16:13 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 04:16:13 +0000am12,4:16 am

  • Sarah Melanson said:

    This is great news! Welcome, Susan 🙂

    AMWed, 06 Jun 2012 04:23:52 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 04:23:52 +0000am12,4:23 am

  • Donna Marino said:

    Welcome to Valencia Dr. Ledlow!

    AMWed, 06 Jun 2012 05:33:02 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 05:33:02 +0000am12,5:33 am

  • Sean Coamey said:

    Welcome to Valencia College Dr. Ledlow!

    PMWed, 06 Jun 2012 12:28:49 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:28:49 +0000pm12,12:28 pm

  • Teresa said:

    We will miss you in Arizona! Best wishes for the future!

    AMThu, 07 Jun 2012 06:03:05 +0000Thu, 07 Jun 2012 06:03:05 +0000am12,6:03 am

  • Aida said:

    Welcome Susan. This is wonderful news for Valencia.

    AMThu, 07 Jun 2012 06:07:20 +0000Thu, 07 Jun 2012 06:07:20 +0000am12,6:07 am

  • Darryl Pirmal said:

    Welcome to Valencia College. Hope you are ready for a challenging and exciting time with our fantastic staff and headstrong students.

    AMMon, 11 Jun 2012 04:08:45 +0000Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:08:45 +0000am12,4:08 am

  • Deborah Green said:

    Welcome, Susan. The Office of Sustainability is thrilled to have someone with your background and interests joining the college.

    PMWed, 13 Jun 2012 12:06:17 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:06:17 +0000pm12,12:06 pm

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