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WUCF ARTISODES showcases college president’s musical side

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

On this week’s edition of WUCF Artisodes, meet a man who combines music and poetry to inspire others.

Sandy Shugart blends two careers, one as the president of Valencia College, another as a poet and singer/songwriter.  And while this might seem like a strange combination, Shugart believes these careers blend together more than the average person thinks.  Years ago, he began writing his thoughts on life and transformed them into poems. Today, Shugart’s performances join music and poetry together to entertain and inspire his audiences, which he believes strengthens his leadership skills.

“You have to be in the present moment completely, and that’s a fabulous discipline, and hard to learn, and not at all a bad thing to learn to take back to my other job,” Shugart states. “That sort of presence that performance requires is a great discipline I think for almost any leadership role. ”

WUCF Artisodes airs each Thursday on WUCF TV at 8 p.m.