. (March 22, 2019) – Seminole State College of Florida installed Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D., as its third president during an Inauguration held at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Dr. Lorenz succeeds Dr. E. Ann McGee, who served as president for 22 years from 1996 to 2018, and Dr. Earl S. Weldon, who was the first president hired in 1965 and served for 30 years until his retirement in 1996.
Dr. Lorenz most recently served as the vice president of Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College in California and brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to Seminole State and is eager to build on Seminole State's legacy.
"During her first months on campus, Dr. Lorenz has hit the ground running. She has immersed herself in meeting students, staff and faculty and listening to, and learning from, each person she has encountered," said Scott Howat, Chair of the District Board of Trustees. "She has become a student of our College, our culture, our needs and our community. We know Dr. Lorenz will honor the Seminole State legacy and the work that has led us to where we are today. She is a highly educated and insightful leader, a strategic planner and a warm, honest individual who is committed to educating our community’s students and helping them to discover their passion and reach their fullest potential."
Her 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.
“As I embark on my tenure as the third president of Seminole State College, I am deeply touched,” said Lorenz. “I have been afforded the chance to be part of a legacy. A legacy that began 53 years ago in a former citrus grove in Central Florida. A legacy that took us from a handful of portable classrooms in Sanford/Lake Mary to six sites across Seminole County; from 750 students to nearly 30,000; from offering tens of programs and degrees to more than 200. A legacy that began with a visionary – Dr. Earl Weldon, our first president. A legacy that continued with Dr. E. Ann McGee whose leadership helped make Seminole State the powerhouse it is today.”
In honor of Dr. Lorenz's Inauguration, the faculty, staff and students of Seminole State are holding a series of events and volunteer projects.
March 18 – 29
Stockpile the Raiders Helping Raiders Pantry
The lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food and hygiene items is common at colleges and universities across the country. To help Seminole State students in need, the Raiders Helping Raiders Pantry has been established. Donations of nonperishable, shelf-stable items and hygiene items are being accepted to stockpile the pantry.
March 18 – 30
Student Emergency Assistance Fundraising Drive
A Student Emergency Assistance Fund Drive has been established to help Seminole State students overcome temporary financial obstacles by providing the resources they need to stay in school and achieve their educational goals.
March 18 – 22
Best in Show Alumni Artists
The exhibition is a collection of the finest selected works by Seminole State alumni, created in the art studio courses. These include photography, drawing, painting and ceramics.
Final Bow Graduation Recitals
Student music majors in their final semester of study present a graduation recital in their chosen field of study. The recital represents the culmination of focused musical study for Seminole State College students, just before they embark on their next educational and career ventures.
Speaker Series: Judy Shepard
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate that shocked and captivated the nation. Today she draws from personal tragedy to promote a greater understanding of LGBTQ issues and empower audiences to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach and advocacy in their own communities.
STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING & VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
Cards for Seniors
Senior citizens living in nursing facilities often feel lonely. Seminole State students will unite at the Altamonte Springs Campus to write and deliver birthday cards to a local nursing home for those who may not receive well wishes on their special day.
Packing Party with Love Missions
Love Missions uses projects to fight the injustice of human trafficking by collaborating with other like-minded organizations to end human trafficking one project at a time. Seminole State Volunteers will participate in an on-campus packing party to box items to aid the victims of human trafficking.
Service Day with GROW Central Florida
GROW Central Florida works to promote environments that support increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy living for school children. Seminole State students will take part in a playground revitalization project that benefits kids in the Central Florida area.
Service Day with Outside In at Boys Town in Oviedo
Boys Town Central Florida in Oviedo offers hope to at-risk children in our community. Students Seminole State students will set up a mobile boutique at Boys Town and help the at-risk youths shop for clothing.
United Against Poverty
The mission of United Against Poverty is to serve those in poverty, helping them with basic needs and nutritional food. Seminole State students will spend a day working at the United Against Poverty Orlando campus organizing the food shelves.
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 and online. 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 atfacebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.