Member Spotlight

Alicia HooksGeorgia Lorenz

Residence: Lake Mary, FL

Organization: Seminole State College of Florida

Occupation: President 

First job: I was an undercover security guard at the college bookstore.

Philosophy: I think it is important to bring your authentic self to your work—the real you, not who you think others want you to be. I have observed this behavior in leaders I respect and admire most. This also means that you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable in the work place, which can be uncomfortable. I hold to this philosophy particularly
when I am in new situations and feeling tentative about how I might be perceived. I have never gone wrong by being true to my values, my commitments, and myself.

Favorite music: “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire makes me want to dance!

Favorite TV Show or Movie: The Empire Strikes Back - clearly the best Star Wars movie.

Most Recent Book (Favorite book): A recent nonfiction favorite is Learning to Improve: How America’s
Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better
by Bryk et al based on research conducted by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

What got me interested in my work: I initially became interested in a career in higher education when I
was working as a resident advisor as an undergraduate. I made an appointment with the Dean of Students and asked how I could get his job. And then I followed his advice!

Success is... Changing lives through excellence in education.

Pet Peeve: I am a stickler for being on time. Time is such a precious resource, and we should respect time our colleagues have committed to us.

Favorite Quote: “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” - Helen Keller

Current Project: In close collaboration with business and industry, Seminole State is creating new programs and refining current programs to meet the needs of our region. For example, the theme parks, defense companies, aerospace and many other businesses and organizations in the region are seeking the skills of graduates in the growing fields of mechatronics and robotics, and we estimate the need for 2,500 to 3,000 additional technicians over the next five years in Central Florida. To meet this need, Seminole State continues to expand our Engineering Technology degree program in collaboration with leaders in these industries. The college is also launching a new Associate in Science degree in Hospitality Management in Fall 2019. The degree will have specializations in hotel and restaurant management to prepare students for leadership roles in the hospitality industry.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? NACCE has been a great resource and support for our entrepreneurship efforts. Our business programs, including the Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Management, have integrated entrepreneurship across the curriculum. This spring we hosted the Seminole Startup 2019 – an Entrepreneurship Competition that gives Seminole State students the opportunity to create and develop an original business plan, with coaching from faculty mentors
and the Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee, to earn cash prizes and support. A panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors in the business community judged submissions based on criteria like product or service, market opportunity, marketing strategy, management team, pro forma financials, and use of capital.