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Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart has served since 2000 as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida. As winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia College is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America. Serving over 70,000 students per year, the college 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 College, 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.