Dr. Heather Bigard

Bigard is the College’s 7th President and First Female

Lake-Sumter State College is excited to announce the inauguration of Dr. Heather Bigard as the College’s 7th president on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center in Leesburg.

Dr. Bigard became the College’s 7th president, and the first female to hold the role, at the beginning of this academic year.

Dr. Bigard brings over 25 years of experience from a wide portfolio of higher education leadership to this role. As a first-generation college student who worked on campus to help fund her undergraduate education, Bigard understands first-hand the realities that students face when enrolling in college.

As president, Dr. Bigard has focused on maximizing higher education opportunities to learners across Lake and Sumter Counties, while improving student success outcomes to transform lives and futures.

The inauguration ceremony will include:

  • The national anthem sung by Ms. April Figueroa, an LSSC student, and other student performances;
  • Welcome and greetings from trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni; DeAnna Thomas, Executive Director of Lake Technical College; Heather Long, CEO of UF Health Central Florida; and Dr. Charles Mojock, former LSSC president;
  • Remarks from Chancellor Kathy Hebda, Florida College System, at the Florida Department of Education
  • The oath of office administered by Honorable Judge Jason Nimeth and presentation of the presidential medallion
  • Keynote address from President Heather Bigard

The Inauguration Ceremony is open to the public and a community reception will follow.

Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center
9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Attendees should park in Lot A

The ceremony will also be streamed live at www.lssc.edu/livestream.


About Lake-Sumter State College

Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers a high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. LSSC embraces its mission as a community college to increase access and opportunity for all learners in its community. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 7,500 students annually at three locations and online: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. A fourth location in Four Corners will open in fall 2023. LSSC offers non-credit, certificate, associate degree, and bachelor’s degree programs designed to support and prepare students to pursue their goals and join Florida’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Learn more about LSSC at www.lssc.edu.

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