Seminole State College of Florida President Dr. E. Ann McGee is among the honorees for 2017 Business Leader of the Year presented by i4 Business magazine Nov. 30.
Each year, the publishers and contributors of i4 Business, along with community leaders, select a group of individuals whose business success, community engagement and innovative influence have moved the region forward. Dr. McGee was recognized for her contribution to Central Florida’s talent pipeline.
“There is something both inspiring and contagious about passion, and few have a more infectious enthusiasm for what a state college can mean to a community than Dr. E. Ann McGee of Seminole State College,” wrote Eric Wright, president of publishing for SCB Marketing, which publishes i4 Business, in the magazine’s March 2016 profile on Dr. McGee.
The second president in Seminole State’s 52-year history, Dr. McGee has been a dynamic and visionary leader and a passionate proponent of progress in education, business and the community in Central Florida. Under her leadership, Seminole State has grown from a single-campus community college into a dynamic state educational institution with four campuses and almost 30,000 students annually. Today, Seminole State is the ninth-largest employer in Seminole County and the ninth-largest of the 28 institutions in the Florida College System with a budget of over $84 million.
During Dr. McGee’s 21-year tenure, Seminole State has seen growth not only in its facilities, but also in its academic programs. Among its 200 degrees and programs, in January, the College will add a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) to meet the need for approximately 1,000 new baccalaureate-trained nurses per year in the region, all with the support of the University of Central Florida and regional hospitals.
Creating an institution that champions academic excellence has also been a hallmark of Dr. McGee’s career. Seminole State has been recognized for some of the best programs in the nation – in nursing, fire science and IT/cybersecurity – and this year achieved Gold status in the State’s Performance Funding based on student graduation and job placement rates and graduate starting salaries. The College is also 16th in the nation of 1,200 community colleges for the number of associate degree graduates and fifth 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.
Transitioning her success to a new role, Dr. McGee will step down as president of Seminole State College of Florida effective July 31, 2018, to become President Emerita.
“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,” she said.
Dr. McGee was honored, along with six other business leaders, at i4 Business magazine’s 2017 Business Leaders of the Year celebration Nov. 30 at the Country Club of Orlando. Among the other honorees is Osceola County Manager and Seminole State alumnus Don Fisher, who was recognized for civic leadership.
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