$1 million seneff family gift endows honors college

The foundation celebrated the successful culmination of its $27 million capital campaign, recognizing board members and major donors. Keynoting the event was Jim Seneff, chairman and chief executive officer of CNL Financial Group Inc., who explored the role of Valencia and philanthropy in the community, sharing the reasons his family had made the college a philanthropic priority. The foundation board also recognized the Seneff family for their capstone gift, which created the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College.


Geraldine Gallagher, Dale Seneff, Sandy Shugart and Jim Seneff

3 Responses

  1. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and the rest of the
    site is very good.

  2. I appreciated your way of providing access to education. For many, the traditional route isn’t an option, but it does not mean they are not capable or worthy of achieving more in life.

    I know how hard it is and rewarding the program at Valencia is. Your support is wonderful! God bless you Seneff Family.

    • Thank you Esther. Valencia achieves exceptional student outcomes by offering clear pathways to success, from associate’s degree programs with guaranteed admission to the selective University of Central Florida to technical degree programs that have career advisers embedded in each program. The environment at Valencia is defined by professors and administrators taking responsibility for student success, consistently asking what they each can do to improve student outcomes. Interventions aim at creating incentives for students to use services, clarifying pathways, and, at times, limiting the kinds of student choices that result in poor completion rates, such as not allowing students to add courses after the first day of class. The graduation and workforce results are clear and especially impressive given Valencia’s diverse student body (about half are Hispanic or African American), the large percentage who arrive needing remedial work, and the significant number from lower-income households.

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