Valencia’s Presidential Search: We Want to Hear From You

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources

Almost a week ago, as we gathered for our annual Academic Assembly, Valencia College President Sandy Shugart announced his decision to retire at the end of this academic year. Thank you to each of you who has expressed your appreciation for Sandy’s leadership over the past 20 years.

Tracey Stockwell, chair of Valencia College’s District Board of Trustees, stated, “I know that I speak for the entire Board of Trustees when I express our deep appreciation to Dr. Shugart for his positive impact on the students and community during his 20-plus years of service at Valencia College. There is much to celebrate,” she shared, “as we reflect on Dr. Shugart’s tenure at the College. This includes unparalleled graduation rates, the creation of DirectConnect to UCF, the most successful transfer program in America, and providing exceptional leadership to the College, which was awarded the first Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.”

The Search for Our Next College President
On the heels of Dr. Shugart’s announcement to retire, and in order to select a new president by December, we are beginning the process of searching for Valencia College’s next president. Hiring the president is the statutory duty of Valencia’s District Board of Trustees (Board) and the College is working in conjunction with the Board to launch a national search for Valencia’s fifth president. The Board will design a process that will be transparent, collaborative and guided by equity-minded hiring practices. In keeping with our internal values, the search process will be informed by your feedback and will offer opportunities for you to interact with and learn more about candidates selected as semi-finalists and finalists via virtual meetings.

We Want to Hear From You
On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Board will convene to discuss the presidential search process and timeline, identify a search committee and its scope of duties, as well as articulate the desired qualifications for the position. In preparation for this workshop, we need to hear from you.

Leadership Qualifications
First, I’d like to invite you to provide your input and response on what Valencia College should look for in our next president. Specifically, we are asking for your thoughts on the opportunities and challenges that the next president may face, the skills, experience, and qualifications you are looking for in the next leader, and the characteristics and qualities that you think will make a president most successful here. The survey is anonymous and your responses will be considered as the Board establishes the minimum and desired qualifications for the position and the resulting presidential profile — created to both attract and assess candidates through the process.

Service on the Search Committee
Second, you are invited to submit your interest in serving as a member of the search committee. The search committee composition and membership will be determined by the Board at its workshop on Wednesday, September 9, and the College has been asked by the board chair to assemble a slate of names for consideration. The search committee will be comprised of faculty, staff, a student, and community representation and will be diverse in race, ethnicity, age, gender, region and other demographic factors.

If you are interested in serving on the search committee, please complete the self-nomination form for consideration. You will be asked to provide a statement of your interest, along with your contact information.

The search committee will meet multiple times in open and publicly noticed meetings and the time commitment will be significant over the course of the fall semester. Please keep this in mind as you decide whether to self-nominate.

The deadline to respond is Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 5 p.m.

As is our practice, the Faculty Council will receive the names of all faculty who self-nominate and will create a rank-ordered list of those they recommend to the Board for appointment to the committee. Student Development will assemble a list of students it recommends to the Board for appointment. The faculty and student names will be added to the full slate of recommended participants assembled by Organizational Development and Human Resources for consideration by the trustees.

A Transparent Process
Throughout the search process, you can expect regular updates about the search through emails like this one, in articles shared in The Juice, and, in the coming weeks, by checking the Valencia College Presidential Search webpage that will be created to provide information on the search and candidates. Please know that your questions and feedback are welcome and will help inform the process.

Though we are in the midst of tremendous change, our values and principles will carry us through this time and help us identify a mission-focused, collaborative and successful leader for Valencia College.


  • Karen Murray said:

    A college president in the second decade of the 21st century must highly prioritize SUSTAINABILITY.

    Valencians, please include this in your survey!

    *Reduce Valencia’s Contributions to Climate Change

    *Reach Carbon Neutrality

    *Support Regional Transportation Development

    AMFri, 28 Aug 2020 00:10:04 +0000Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:10:04 +0000am20,12:10 am

  • James Adamski said:

    I teach climate change in my meteorology and Earth science classes. Climate change is arguably the biggest threat that humanity faces in the 21st Century, affecting human health, food production, "natural" disasters, and national security. Climate change is a social justice issue disproportionately affecting low-income people and POC. Climate change will continue to impact and adversely affect the lives and well being of our students, staff, and faculty. Valencia College needs to be a leader in efforts to stop climate change by reducing our emissions and moving toward a more sustainable future.

    PMTue, 08 Sep 2020 19:53:40 +0000Tue, 08 Sep 2020 19:53:40 +0000pm20,7:53 pm

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