Valencia, One of the Most Celebrated Community Colleges in America
Jan 09, 2020
Sandy Shugart, President
Valencia, One of the Most Celebrated Community Colleges in America

Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart has served since 2000 as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida.  Community colleges play a crucial role in fostering social mobility for students and developing talent for their communities across the country. As winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America.  The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors those institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate or transfer.  Serving some 70,000 students per year, Valencia is known for high rates of graduation, transfer, and job placement and has become something of a national laboratory for best practices in learning-centered education. 

Prior to Valencia, Sandy served as president of North Harris College and as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System.  He earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition to his career in education, Dr. Shugart is a published poet and songwriter and author of Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader.