Dr. E. Ann McGee announced today that she will be stepping down as president of Seminole State College of Florida effective July 31, 2018. Dr. McGee has been president of the College since 1996 and is only the second president in the College’s 52-year history.
Over the last 21 years, under Dr. McGee’s leadership, Seminole State has grown from a single-campus community college into a dynamic state educational institution with four campuses and 30,000 students annually. Today, Seminole State is the 7th largest employer in Seminole County and the 9th largest of the 28 institutions in the Florida College System with a budget of over $84 million. The College offers 200 degrees and programs ranging from industry certificates and Associate degrees to seven Bachelor’s degrees. The College has also partnered with Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom and IPAG in France to bring international Master’s degrees to students in Central Florida.
In January 2018, the College starts classes for its newest Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) and opens its new 77,000 square foot, $24 million Student Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus providing a one-stop shop for students to access a range of services from admissions and financial aid to support services, and a place to relax, dine and play. Both achievements would not have been possible without Dr. McGee’s leadership and influence.
Said Dr. McGee, “I have decided to step down as president at a time when the College is in the best shape it has ever been and we have a bright future ahead of us. Our summer 2017 enrollment was up 8 percent and that trend is continuing this Fall. We have been recognized for some of the best programs in the nation – in nursing, fire science and IT/cyber security -- and this year achieved Gold status in the State’s Performance Funding based on student graduation and job placement rates and graduate starting salaries. Seminole State is also 16th in the nation of 1200 community colleges for the number of Associate degree graduates and 5th in the nation for the number of prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholars who go on to pursue degrees at universities such as Cornell and Harvard as well as those in Florida.” She continued, “It has been the highest honor and privilege of my life to work with our talented faculty, staff, students and community colleagues as we have propelled this amazing College forward, but it is time to transition to my successor who can build on this foundation and raise the College to an even higher level of performance.”
Dr. McGee who is herself a community college graduate from St. Petersburg College, has received numerous accolades during her 46-year career as an educator, administrator and civic champion. In 2013, she was awarded the James B. Greene Economic Development Award from the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission for contributions to the nation’s economic growth. In 2015 she received the District III Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Leadership Legend Award from Leadership Seminole. In 2016 Dr. McGee was named Hispanic Community Champion, by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera for services to the Hispanic community. She just completed three years as Chair of the Heart of Florida United Way, and has served on the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges, Florida College System Council of Presidents, the Higher Education Research & Development Institute and the Metro-Orlando Economic Development Commission.
Under the terms of her contract, approved by the College’s District Board of Trustees earlier this year, Dr. McGee will transition to a new role, President Emerita, on August 1, 2018. In this role she will continue to be closely involved with Seminole State, providing fundraising assistance to the College and developing an Emeritus College for eligible retired faculty and administrators. The contract, which received unanimous approval, allowed the College to plan for, and execute, a seamless transition to the third president in its history. A national search for Dr. McGee’s successor will begin later this year.
Said Alex Setzer, Chair of Seminole State’s District Board of Trustees, “Dr. McGee has been the driving force behind the growth of Seminole State College and its mission to fulfill the workforce needs of Central Florida. Through her work at the College, and her relationships with community leaders, students, faculty and staff, she has transformed the College into the powerhouse it is today. There are countless successful alumni, myself included, who can attest to her dynamism and passion for learning and for her interest and involvement with our students. We wish her all the best in her new role as she hands over the reins to our next president.”