Dr. Georgia Lorenz began her tenure as the third president of Seminole State College of Florida on Aug. 1, 2018. She brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to the College and is eager to build on Seminole State’s incredible legacy.
Prior to joining Seminole State, she served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College (SMC) in California. She started at SMC in 2005 as the Director of Instructional Services. She was named Associate Dean of Instructional Services in 2006 and advanced to the Dean of Instructional Services from 2008-2014. In her role as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lorenz had direct responsibility for providing leadership and administrative oversight to the college's instructional programs, including curriculum, 21 academic departments, satellite campuses, learning resources, distance education, continuing education and health sciences.
Of many achievements, Dr. Lorenz led a team who received the Award for Innovation from the California Department of Finance ($2M) in partnership with Arizona State University to implement a guided pathways framework redesign of the college. The team was also invited to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways 2.0 national project.
Dr. Lorenz earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration at USC, where she received the Delta Epsilon Dissertation Award of Merit. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University.
She has participated in community service to benefit foster youth and was a synchronized swimmer for 15 years. She and her husband, Mike, are enjoying engaging with the Central Florida community and experiencing all Florida has to offer.
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