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Prof. Mark W. Logas
Professor , Political Science

Coordinator, Civic Leadership Internship Program

2007 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award recipient

(407) 299-5000  ext: 2028

mlogas@valenciacollege.edu

 

B A, University of Central Florida
M A, University of Central Florida

PERSONAL BACKGROUND
Professor Mark Logas is a native Floridian, born and raised in Central Florida. He is married and has two daughters.

EDUCATION & DEGREES
Professor Logas earned his AA degree from Lake-Sumter Community College in 1983, his BA from the University of Central Florida in 1985, and his Masters degree from UCF in 1990. He was also Student Government President at Lake-Sumter during the 1982-1983 academic school year.

COLLEGE LEVEL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Professor Logas has been a full-time, tenured Political Science faculty member at Valencia College since 2002. In addition, he has been teaching Mass Media & Politics and State Government & Public Policy at UCF since 2009. He also taught as an adjunct instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida between 1988 and 1996.

VALENCIA COLLEGE YEARS
Since his arrival in 2002, Professor Logas has taught U.S. Government classes, including dual enrollment sections for seven years at Hungerford Prep High School. In addition, Professor Logas restructured the State and Local Government class on the East Campus and has offered it each semester since his arrival. On occasion, his students have been recognized on government television when visiting city council and county commission meetings in person. Professor Logas was also asked to create a Government & Media class which was added to the catalog in Spring 2003. Professor Logas was the coordinator for the college-wide Civic Leadership Internship Program for six years. The program received national recognition at various conferences and coverage by local news media highlighting students who achieved their goal of becoming civic leaders through leadership initiatives that made a difference in our community.

VALENCIA COMMITTEES
Professor Logas is a member of the Valencia Veteran's Coordinating Group Committee, the Bill Castellano Civic Leadership Scholarship Committee, and the Valencia SPD Travel/Funds Committee. During his tenure at Valencia he has served as one of the leaders of the college-wide Learning Outcomes Committee, Faculty-2-Faculty Committee, Tenure Review Committee, has taught a LinC class with Professor Linda Neal, and has participated in numerous Destinations workshops to enhance student learning and expand teaching skills for faculty in the classroom.

ACADEMIC AWARDS
Professor Logas is proud of the academic awards he has received, including being named "Professor of the Semester-Spring 2004" by the Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, earning the "Certificate of Appreciation for Making A Difference" as coordinator of the Civic Leadership Internship Program in 2006, and being a recipient of the 2007 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. In 2009, Professor Logas was one of three statewide community college professors nominated and elected to serve on the executive council of the Florida Political Science Association. He was nominated again in 2012 and elected to his second term on the executive council.

BROADCAST RADIO & TELEVISION CAREER
Prior to coming to Valencia College, Professor Logas spent over 25 years in broadcast radio and broadcast television covering state and local government and coordinating election coverage. In addition, he has covered every election since 1978 and continues to provide radio analysis on 580 WDBO Radio and 540 WFLA Radio in Orlando. He also provided radio analysis and election night coverage on 790 WLBE Radio between 2002 and 2010. Mark has worked as a radio disc-jockey, news reporter, and news director. He has worked as a television news assignment editor, special projects producer, election coordinator, and assistant news director.

BROADCAST NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS
In addition to his television work, Professor Logas returned to radio in the early 1990's with two successful radio talk shows. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best TV Newscast" in 1996, earned the "Best TV Newscast Award" in 1997, and received the "Associated Press Best TV News Story Award" in 2000. Mark was also added to the Central Florida Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.

Throughout his broadcasting career, Mark has interviewed well-known people from all walks of life: President Ronald Reagan, Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General Janet Reno, Senator Bob Graham, Senator Paula Hawkins, Governor Jeb Bush, civil rights icons Coretta Scott King and Julian Bond, Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, entertainers Jay Leno, Mike Farrell and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H), Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, & Peter Tork (The Monkees), Weird Al Yankovic, William Devane (Honky Tonk Freeway, -24-), and Charles Keating (Another World, Brideshead Revisited) to name a few.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Through his years in broadcasting, Professor Logas has developed lasting professional relationships and has asked several of these individuals to share their knowledge with students in his various classes. Here are a few of the guest speakers who have visited his students:

  • Ben Aycrigg, News Anchor, WDBO Channel 6 for 35 years
  • Carole Nelson, first female reporter and television news anchor in Orlando
  • Vanessa Echols, Co-anchor Daybreak newscast, WFTV Channel 9
  • Josh Wilson, Investigative Reporter, WFTV Channel 9
  • Henry Maldonado, General Manager, WKMG Local6
  • Stan Knott, General Manager, WOFL-FOX35
  • Bill Bauman, General Manager, WESH Channel 2
  • Bob Jordan, News Director, WFTV Channel 9
  • Pete Ellis, Videographer, WESH Channel 2
  • Marty Stebbins, Meteorologist, WESH Channel 2
  • Greg Dawson, Columnist, Orlando Sentinel
  • Mike Thomas, Columnist, Orlando Sentinel
  • Ron Wallace, Publisher, Daily Commercial
  • Bud Hedinger, Host of Bud Hedinger Live, WFLA 540 AM
  • Shannon Burke, Host of Shannon Burke Show, WFLA 540 AM
  • Pat Campbell, Host of Pat Campbell Show, WFLA 540 AM
  • Tom Benson, Program Director, Clear Channel Communications
  • Pat Duggins, News Director, WMFE Radio
  • Mac McNair, General Manager, WLBE Radio
  • Representative Ric Keller, District 8
  • Bill McCollum, Florida Attorney General
  • Lou Frey, former Congressman & Founder of the Lou Frey Institute at UCF
  • Tom Hurlburt, U.S. Marshall
  • Gabriel Maldonado, FBI Special Agent
  • Trooper Kim Miller, Public Information, Florida Highway Patrol
  • Dick Batchelor, Civic Leader, Liberal Radio Commentator, former FL House Representative
  • Tico Perez, Conservative Radio Commentator
  • Fred Brummer, Orange County Commissioner, District 2
  • Tiffany Moore-Russell, Orange County Commissioner, District 6
  • John Martinez, Orange County Commissioner, District 3
  • Steve Triggs, Communications Manager, Orange County Government
  • Jorge Figueredo, Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
  • Lisabeth Fryer, Casey Anthony's Attorney
  • Cheney Mason, Casey Anthony's Attorney
  • Mary Schindler, Bobby Schindler, Suzanne Carr (Terri Schiavo's Mother, Brother, and Sister)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Through the years Professor Logas has volunteered his time and participated in community events including: Muscular Dystrophy Telethons, Public Broadcasting Telethons, reading to school children, conducting badge classes for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as emcee for several Greek Festivals, contributing pictures of old gas station signs and buildings to gassigns.org for historical preservation, participating as a panelist for the "Honky Tonk Freeway Fundraiser" to help raise money for the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, and teaching free government classes to area homeschool groups.

 

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