Valencia College President Sandford C. Shugart to be Keynote Speaker for Washington Adventist University Faculty Symposium on October 20

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Washington Adventist University's 2nd Annual Great Teacher’s Symposium on October 20 will focus on student success, progression and retention strategies.

Valencia College President Sandy Shugart

“As our university continues on its journey to achieving educational excellence, we look forward to gaining insight and wisdom from individuals like Sandy Shugart," said WAU Provost Cheryl Kisunzu, Ph.D.

The Washington Adventist University (WAU) 2nd Annual Great Teacher’s Symposium on October 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, will feature Valencia College President Sandford C. Shugart, Ph.D. as the keynote speaker. His presentation will focus on student success, progression and retention strategies.

In addition to being president of the highly successful college in Orlando, Fl., Shugart is author of "Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader." He is also an accomplished poet and singer/songwriter, and his presentations are an engaging mix of heartfelt and inspirational stories, songs and poems.

“As our university continues on its journey to achieving educational excellence through the Baldrige Program, we look forward to gaining insight and wisdom from individuals like Sandy Shugart, who understand the importance of educational best practices, and who have seen first-hand the resulting successes,” said WAU Provost Cheryl Kisunzu, Ph.D.

Shugart has been president of Valencia College for 14 years. He is the fourth president of the college, which is one of the most celebrated community colleges in the nation. It serves approximately 70,000 students a year, and is the winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence. Valencia College demonstrates best practices in education and has achieved such notable results as high graduation rates and job placement.

Prior to Valencia, Shugart served as president of North Harris College (currently Lone Star College – North Harris), located in Harris County, Tx., adjacent to the city of Houston. He was also Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. Shugart earned his Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The WAU faculty symposium will be held on campus in the Student Activity Center (Bldg. 5, adjacent to the gymnasium). The campus is located at 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu

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