A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses
My sincerest congratulations and deepest appreciation goes to Wendy Givoglu for the commencement of her new role as the dean of Valencia’s School of Arts and Entertainment.
While many Valencia leaders, including the late Ralph Clemente, have passionately contributed to the visioning of this school throughout the past decades, Wendy has been pivotal in realizing this long-held dream. Under her leadership, this new school, which was officially approved during the October District Board of Trustees meeting, will expand the scope of Valencia’s existing Arts and Entertainment programs across the College.
As Wendy aptly explained, “When I started, it was thought that East Campus was the arts campus. But every campus can be an arts campus.”
In expanding the footprint and impact of Arts and Entertainment programs at Valencia, Wendy has partnered with leaders across the College, like School of Public Safety (SPS) Executive Dean Jeff Goltz, to establish a school rooted in deep collegewide collaboration, community connection and overall impact. Inspired by Jeff’s leadership with SPS and the school’s core team model, the school will adopt a collegewide advisory council of cross-functional stakeholders to deepen collegewide connection to and investment in the newly established school, of which all aspects of collegewide Art, Dance, Digital Media, Entertainment Design and Technology, Film Production Technology, Graphic and Interactive Design, Music, Sound and Music Technology, and Theater programs will fall under. This advisory council will assist Wendy in ideating and implementing strategic initiatives for the school and establishing and sustaining the school’s culture across all Valencia campuses.
Through the creation of the school, Wendy aims to deepen community impact, enhance Arts and Entertainment programs and create a connected, consistent Arts and Entertainment culture and program across the College. In doing so, Valencia will be able to better serve the community at large by offering a robust public calendar of Arts and Entertainment performances and exhibitions. Additionally, she hopes to build clear and rewarding career pathways for prospective, current and graduate students, and even bolster revenue-generating ticket sales.
This enhancement and expansion of Valencia programs will undoubtedly benefit students and community members alike. In Central Florida’s multi-million dollar Arts and Entertainment industry, this means building and enhancing programs based on student and industry demands, fostering new community partnerships throughout Valencia’s entire service area and searching for new grant opportunities to support these programs.
“The feel of a School of Arts and Entertainment has always been here,” Wendy explained. “We just hope to scale it up and make sure everyone has access to it. We’ve always had what makes a synergistic School of Arts and Entertainment; it’s just that the time is right now within the College and community to see how we can better connect and serve Central Florida.”
Once again, it is a pleasure to support Wendy’s creative and energetic leadership in this exciting new adventure to make art work throughout Valencia College.