Help lead the way.

This is what a better tomorrow looks like.

Welcome to this place where tens of thousands dream and study. Learn and grow. Succeed and celebrate. Where a supportive community is an active partner in the commitment to excellence. Where together, we transform lives, broaden horizons and build character.

You are invited to join Valencia College for an amazing leadership opportunity to continue the work of innovation and making better tomorrows possible for our students. Strengthen our long legacy of expanding access, cultivating innovation and creating impact as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Valencia College—succeeding Dr. Sandy Shugart, who will retire after more than 20 years of distinguished service.

This is Valencia College.

Where better tomorrows are realized, one day at a time.

Welcome. Valencia College is a large, diverse, multi-campus community college serving Orange and Osceola counties in Central Florida. As the second largest state college in Florida, Valencia College serves over 75,000 students per year. The College offers more than 120 programs, including two- and four-year degrees, accelerated training and continuing education.  This is the place where we understand the importance of cultivating an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and a true work/life balance. Valencia College is the inaugural winner of the Aspen Prize for Community Colleges and was recognized as one of “The Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Valencia College has also been named by HBCU Connect as one of its top 50 employers for recruitment efforts targeting students and graduates from our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.



This is why we do it.

Our students.

Students are at the center of everything we do. Whether it is helping students land a dream job or continue on to the university of their choice, we do everything in our power to help make their dreams a reality. Our success is measured by their success.

And our student success stories are countless.

Three of our previous Distinguished Graduates, are prime examples. Their stories, and the stories of countless others, inspire us to transform lives, strengthen our community, and inspire individuals to excellence.

This is what you are after.

Qualifications and characteristics of our next president.

The successful candidate finds joy in working with and serving students, in leading an open-access institution and in thinking creatively and collaboratively about the challenges our students and our community face. Leading through humor, humility, empathy, listening, integrity and character, our next president will join a team passionate about who, where and why we serve. We seek a partner who cares deeply about what makes Valencia College unique.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and innovative leader who is intellectually curious, takes informed risks, demonstrates strong execution skills and achieves results. We seek a partner who can lead the College to accomplish our goals, explore innovative strategies and solutions and inspire the community to a collaboratively developed vision for the future that capitalizes on the institution’s history, values and commitment to outstanding education.

For a complete list of the Qualifications and Characteristics, please download the  Presidential Profile.


Presidential Profile

This is what a better tomorrow looks like.

The Presidential Profile provides an overview of Valencia College as well as a description of the position, including key challenges and opportunities for the new president to address, the desired qualifications and characteristics of candidates, and the application process and timeline.




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Nomination and Application Process

The Presidential Search Active Recruitment Process is now closed. Candidate materials are under review by the Presidential Search Committee.

The active recruitment process was open from September 24-October 22, 2020.  All candidates were asked to provide a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae and the names of five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to AGB Search. 


Candidates are advised that Florida’s public records law is very broad. Applications are public record as soon as they are received, and other documents related to the search and application process are also considered public record subject to limited exceptions. Valencia College is an equal opportunity institution.


Valencia College is an equal opportunity institution.

Valencia College is an equal opportunity institution. We provide equal opportunity for employment and educational services to all individuals as it relates to admission to the College or to programs, any aid, benefit, or service to students or wages and other terms, conditions or privileges of employment, without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sex/gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, pregnancy, and any other factor prohibited under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules and regulations. Contact the Office of Organizational Development and Human Resources for information.

Equal Access and Equal Opportunity