Valencia College President Named Winner of 2017 McGraw Prize

Orlando, FL — Valencia College’s president, Sandy Shugart, has been named one of three winners of the 2017 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of education.

The Prize, founded in 1988 to honor the retiring former CEO of McGraw-Hill Education, recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through new approaches. It is administered through an alliance between McGraw-Hill Education and Arizona State University.  The winners were recognized in three categories – U.S. K-12 Education, U.S. Higher Education and International Education – and will each receive an award of $50,000 and an iconic McGraw Prize bronze sculpture.

The 2017 McGraw Prize winners are:

  • Dr. Christine Cunningham, Founder and Director of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) at the Museum of Science in Boston is receiving the U.S. K-12 Education prize for pioneering a curriculum that is transforming education by introducing engineering concepts and practices at the elementary level.
  • Dr. Sandy Shugart, President of Valencia College, is receiving the U.S. Higher Education prize for demonstrating a stellar model of community college change that is increasing graduation rates and helping large numbers of Hispanic students succeed.
  • Chris Anderson, Curator of TED, the non-profit that produces TED Talks, is receiving the International Education award for providing a platform that brings ideas and inspiration to millions of learners around the world and to teachers and students in classrooms.

Click here for more information on the award and the 2017 winners.