Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel
Founded in 1965 as South Florida Junior College, the institution used an empty supermarket as its library and a former hotel as classrooms. South Florida State College (SFSC) now has three campuses and several off -site centers. Although originally founded to serve a two-county region, SFSC now serves the educational needs of three rural, agricultural-based counties in Central Florida: DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties.
Seeking to become “a globally aware academic destination driving regional transformation through innovative collaboration,” SFSC is led by Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, who became the institution’s fourth president in July 2013. Leitzel and his team are guided by seven institutional core values: integrity, service, community, learning, excellence, accountability and responsibility. Through collaboration of 145 faculty members and 320 staff members, SFSC educates just fewer than 2,800 students annually. Upon learning of SFSC inclusion in the inaugural class of Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges, Leitzel shares, “This recognition confirms a commitment made by our trustees and college leaders to support an inclusive posture in all hiring decisions.”
Since 1992, SFSC has formed innovative partnerships to ensure those served had access to further postsecondary
education. Considered to be one of the most comprehensive colleges in Florida, SFSC offers three bachelor’s degrees,
two-year college transfer degrees, career and workforce training, adult basic education, and non-credit personal enrichment programs. It provides cultural enrichment programming through the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Florida Art and Culture.