Sanford C. “Sandy” Shugart currently serves as president of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, one of the nation’s largest and most celebrated two-year colleges. Valencia is widely known for its academic excellence, Learning Centered Initiative, high rates of graduation, and outstanding services to business.
Prior to coming to Valencia, Shugart served as president of North Harris College, a large community college in suburban North Houston and a part of the innovative North Harris Montgomery Community College District. There he led efforts in advanced technology, student success, an extensive construction agenda, and aggressive outreach to the inner city. From 1983 to 1991, Shugart served as Vice President for Program Services of the North Carolina Community College System. His responsibilities included academic and technical programs, economic development and workforce training, adult education and literacy studies, and continuing education.
Shugart earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Ph.D. all at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is widely known for his speaking and writing on servant leadership and is a published poet and songwriter. He enjoys life with Jane, his wife of 30 years, and their four children in Orlando, Florida.