How does a poet become a leader
in higher education? In the case of Dr. Sanford C. Shugart, President of Valencia College, you become a
speechwriter for your state's governor, develop policy expertise, get tapped to
assist the President of the North Carolina Community College System (in the
role of Vice President, no less), find yourself "thrown in with the
sharks" but have the wisdom to listen and learn. Then after a couple of
years, you become good at swimming in those waters.