Sandy Shugart

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Accountability
  • Career and technical education
  • Community colleges
  • Costs
  • Developmental education
  • Federal policy
  • Low-income students
  • Value of college
  • Workforce development

Sanford “Sandy” Shugart has served as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida since 2000. As winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America. Serving some 70,000 students per year, Valencia is known for high rates of graduation, transfer and job placement and has become a national laboratory for best practices in learning-centered education. Prior to Valencia, Shugart 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 doctorate in teaching and learning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his career in education, Shugart is a published poet and songwriter and author of “Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader.”