(Aug. 1, 2018) – Seminole State College of Florida welcomes its third president, Dr. Georgia Lorenz. Lorenzmost recently served as the vice president of Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College in California and succeeds Dr. E. Ann McGee, who successfully served the College for the last 22 years.
Lorenz brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to Seminole State and is eager to build on Seminole State’s legacy. Gearing up for the first day of class on Aug. 21, Lorenz plans to meet with students, faculty, staff and myriad constituent groups from the College community to take a deep dive into current and future opportunities for the College.
“Together we can build on the College’s already strong foundation and take Seminole State College further,” said Lorenz on her arrival to Seminole State College. “I plan to take part in a wide range of activities in the coming weeks and to listen to a broad range of perspectives from students, faculty, staff, alumni, industry and community partners. These conversations and insights will transform into a strategic plan for the College for the next five years,” she continued.
Lorenz’s primary goals are for the College to continue to shine academically; provide a launch pad for students wanting to continue their education or start or advance their careers; serve as a nexus and resource for the community; and facilitate connections and engagement between schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, chambers, and business and industry.
In a letter penned to Seminole State students, Lorenz writes, “Whether you are a new or returning student, you have chosen to join us at an exciting time in Seminole State’s history. As your new president, I’m eager to learn more about this dynamic college community and to build on the College’s incredible legacy – a legacy that now includes YOU!…I’ve spent my career in higher education focused on student success, so I know how beneficial it is for students to be engaged not only in academics, but also in campus life….Know that our dedicated faculty and staff are here to help you every step of the way. I look forward to seeing you on campus and wish you all the best for a successful and fulfilling academic year!”
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Dr. Georgia Lorenz Executive Bio: Of her many achievements, Lorenz led a team who received the Award for Innovation from the California Department of Finance ($2M) in partnership with Arizona State University to implement a guided pathways framework redesign of the college. The team was also invited to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways 2.0 national project.
Additionally, she earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration at USC, where she received the Delta Epsilon Dissertation Award of Merit. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University.
About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor’s degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.