Forward-thinking and progressive curriculum is the name of the game for University of Central Florida’s John Hitt and Valencia’s Sandy Shugart.
Washington Monthly recently ranked Hitt and Shugart among the top 10 most innovative college presidents in 2015.
While not immediately acknowledged for their contributions, college presidents are hugely instrumental in the success of an institution. It's the stuff that happens behind closed doors— administrative hiring, conference speaking and fundraising— that makes them so invaluable.
The college presidents are being recognized for their innovation in affordability, diversity, research and service programs, rather than their ability to increase endowment or make the school more selective.
Here are the other college presidents that made it into the top 10, none of them were ranked:
Mark Becker — Georgia State University
Maria Klawe — Harvey Mudd College
Diana Natalicio — University of Texas at El Paso
Michael Crow — Arizona State University
Catharine Bond Hill — Vassar College
Paul LeBlanc — Southern New Hampshire University
Michael Sorrell — Paul Quinn College
Cheryl Hyman — City Colleges of Chicago