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OBJ Publisher's Award goes to Dr. McGee

Dr. McGee is only the second winner of the OBJ Publisher's Award. From left: Student Deanna Sosa, Dr. McGee and Jeff Jefcoat outside the Partnership Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College of Florida, received the Orlando Business Journal’s 2010 Publisher’s Award on April 8 in a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

The award honored McGee for her leadership in growing the college since taking over as president in 1996.

At that time, the college -- then known as Seminole Community College -- consisted of one campus, with a student population of 8,000 and an annual budget of $28 million. During her tenure, Seminole State’s first campus has been expanded, and additional campuses in Oviedo, Heathrow and Altamonte Springs have been established to serve students throughout Seminole County. The college’s head count has reached 12,640, and its annual budget is $65 million.

“Even in an economic environment that’s very hard, Seminole State has had double-digit enrollment growth because of her leadership,” says Lisa Michelle Greer, chairman of the college’s District Board of Trustees.

In March, the college tripled the size of its Altamonte Springs Campus with the acquisition of 25 acres. The campus is home to the college’s nursing and health-care programs, as well as to general- and adult-education courses.

“There is such potential at Seminole State for individual growth, community change and opportunity to enhance future generations,” McGee told the OBJ. “I can’t think of any place better to help people realize their potential.”

McGee is only the second recipient of the Publisher’s Award. The first award was given to Helen Donegan, vice president of community relations for the University of Central Florida, in 2008. The honor, which is part of the newspaper’s Women Who Mean Business awards, recognizes those who have “made a lasting impression on Central Florida.”

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