President - Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

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College President Sandy Shugart and the Talent Search Committee invite applications and nominations for the campus presidency of Valencia College’s Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses. Named for its home county, the Osceola Campus Presidency is a rare leadership opportunity – presiding over three unique campuses in the Osceola Region. Osceola is the nation’s seventh-fastest growing county and is located in Orlando’s dynamic metropolitan area. Under President Shugart’s leadership, Valencia College won the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and was recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Valencia College is a member of the Florida College System, a network of 28 state colleges under the purview of the Florida Department of Education, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

As the second largest state college in Florida, Valencia served nearly 78,000 students during the 2018-19 academic year. The Osceola Region, comprised of the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses, served over 30,000 students during the same period, or nearly 39% of the College’s total. Valencia College has a highly diverse student body, with over 63% coming from historically underrepresented populations and learners from 132 countries. The College offers more than 120 degree programs, accelerated training and continuing education, including six baccalaureate degrees.

Osceola Region Campus Presidency

The Osceola Campus President is the chief academic and operating officer of the Region, responsible for providing academic, administrative and fiscal leadership and reports directly to the College President. The next Campus President will succeed Dr. Kathleen Plinske, who has served with distinction since 2010. She is now Valencia College’s Executive Vice President and Provost. 

In its next campus president, Valencia seeks a servant leader, who whole-heartedly believes that any student can learn anything under the right conditions. As a premier learning college dedicated to inquiry, results and excellence, Valencia’s culture is deeply collaborative. The most competitive candidates will exhibit extraordinarily collaborative leadership and work well within teams, using the College’s mission as guideposts.

Preferred candidates will demonstrate a track record of successful leadership in a large, multi-campus, open-access organization; be a creative visionary with strong implementation skills; focus effectively on community outreach; have a strong academic acumen and an understanding that faculty members lead that vital work; possess a commitment to equity, treating cultural and linguistic diversity as assets, and promoting inclusiveness; demonstrate multicultural awareness and sensitivity, with Spanish language skills a plus; hold a terminal degree; have the entrepreneurial mindset to work effectively with the business community and demonstrate an equity mindset by valuing all people.

President Sandy Shugart plans to appoint the new Osceola Campus President by early May, with the candidate assuming duties soon thereafter.

Nominations and Applications

The Talent Search Committee will begin a review of applications in mid-January 2020 and continue working until a selection is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, January 24, and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

The Search Profile, with additional information about Valencia College may be found at the top of this page or at:

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Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Frederick V. Moore, J.D., M.B.A., Executive Search Consultant,, Cell: 712-299-2544

Roderick J. McDavis, PH.D., Managing Principal,, Office: 202-776-0854/ Cell: 804-514-1982

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