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College Update: January 21, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President Welcome back to Spring Term 2021! I hope you enjoyed genuine rest and deep fellowship over the holidays. You certainly earned it. So much has happened since the last collegewide message; I hope you’ll allow me to comment on just a few. […]

Top 10 Things I Am Grateful for at Valencia

Thursday, December 17, 2020 A Special Message From Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President As we wrap up the Fall 2020 semester and the holidays approach, I hope you will allow me to share a few short reflections on our work and experience. In a “normal” year, we would be enjoying live celebrations, gift exchanges, toy drives for […]

College Update: Phase 2, Spring Break and Veteran’s Day P...

Friday, October 23, 2020 A Special Message From Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President More than six months ago, we made the decision to move to a remote work and learning environment due to the growing concerns and impact of COVID-19. Initially, we thought these new arrangements would last for a few weeks and that we would be able […]

College Update: Opportunity and Equity Initiatives

Friday, October 2, 2020 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President In earlier conversations, and now in ongoing strategic planning efforts, we have discussed our special responsibility, in light of Valencia College’s mission and history, to ensure that opportunity is real for everyone, and that equity, especially in student outcomes, is the test […]

College Update: Valencia’s Leadership Transition

Thursday, August 20, 2020 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President This morning, we experienced an Academic Assembly like no other. Our usual gathering of the faculty in the Performing Arts Center on East Campus evolved into a collegewide Zoom webinar. Although I’m sure some missed the coffee and pastries and, most of all, […]

College Update: Preparing for the Upcoming School Year

Monday, July 13, 2020 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President We recognize that many of our colleagues who have school-aged children are struggling with decisions about educational options in the upcoming school year. While there are many unknowns about what the next few months will bring, I assure you that I, and […]

College Update: Pay Raises, Leave with Pay, COVID-19...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President You continue to amaze me with the commitment and quality of your work in spite of many challenges. I’m told one cannot communicate too much during a shared crisis, so I have another update for you. Thanks, in advance, for reading it. […]

College Update — Roadmap for Reopening: Plans for Fall 20...

Monday, June 15, 2020 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President As we continue to formalize our plans to reopen our campuses, I want to provide you with an update on where we are with planning for the fall term. Across the College, teams have been working collaboratively on a phased approach to […]

A Special Message: Anger and Longing

Monday, June 1, 2020 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President “Not again,” I heard myself thinking. “Not another young, black man dying a brutal death at the hands of those who were sworn to serve and protect.” Yet, I hesitate to respond publicly. I am a white, Christian, privileged, cisgendered, older man […]

College Update – May 28, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020 A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President I hope you are thriving in this new work environment, making the best of it for a while longer, and that another college communication won’t be burdensome to you. I thought, however, it was time for a routine update … well, maybe […]