SFCC Welcomes Suzanne Demers
SFCC welcomed the new director of the SFCC DeSoto Center, Suzanne Demers, with an open house held prior to the Jan. 27 District Board of Trustees Meeting.
Demers previously worked at Florida State College at Jacksonville where she was the Open Campus Learning Technologies coordinator for Distance Learning. Prior to Florida State College at Jacksonville she held a position with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as the associate director and interim director of the Jacksonville Campus which encompassed the Cecil Commerce Center, Craig Airfield, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and Saint Augustine sites.
“Suzanne brings with her experience as a campus director, and she is knowledgeable about technical aspects of student learning,” said Dr. Leana Revell, vice president, educational and student services. “She is enthusiastic about working with students and staff and has already become engaged in improving our programs and services at the college.”
Demers earned her bachelor of science in workforce education, training and curriculum development from Southern Illinois University and her master’s of science in management degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She served the United States Navy where she worked on the Strike Fighter Attack Jet, the F/A 18 Hornet.
Demers became interested in SFCC after she saw an ad in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “I wasn’t looking for a new position at the time, but I saw the ad and believed it would be an opportunity to give back to and become involved in a community similar to the one where I grew up in Virginia,” she said.
Coming from a university as well as community college in a large city, Demers brings with her knowledge of what is expected of students and understands the programs and possibilities for students. “I can guide students through the steps they need to take when they move on to higher education at larger colleges and universities after they receive their associate’s degrees.”
The first thing Demers has focused on working with DeSoto High School to reorganize the dual enrollment process to make it more efficient. She also hopes to offer more business and management programs at the DeSoto Center. “These programs would not only be beneficial for our community, but they would be an advantage for our students to transfer into higher level programs.”
Demers is a member of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC), the Sloan-C consortium, EDUCAUSE, and EduCalm. She is also an online adjunct instructor for student success cources at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
“This is an important leadership position for our college and for our DeSoto Campus, and we were very pleased with the tremendous response to the vacancy announcement,” said Dr. Norm Stephens, SFCC president. “We received many applications from highly qualified applicants. Suzanne Demers brings knowledge, experience, and strong leadership abilities to the position. She embraces community involvement and promises to strengthen our partnership relationships with the school district and other organizations. We are delighted that she has agreed to join our leadership team as we work to provide the highest quality higher educational opportunities for the people of DeSoto County.”