A Legacy of Leadership
// BY KATHARINE ZIMMERMAN
Sue Foreman is a connector. She connects people, organizations, causes—and especially, ideas. For Sue, along with her husband Steve, philanthropy is a family affair that includes collaboration with their children. Through the years, their family has made generous donations for scholarships, endowed a faculty chair and helped steward financial gifts from other donors. She is a dedicated volunteer with Valencia College, and serves as a director and board chair for the Valencia Foundation. Her contributions to students, staff and faculty, and the Central Florida community have transformed lives.
A lifelong learner and a former middle school teacher, Sue knows first-hand that a quality education opens doors and creates opportunities for success and growth, especially for those who lack access, are marginalized or at risk. She believes that everyone wants to experience peace, a sense of safety, justice and self-determination. With access to knowledge, skills and wisdom, Sue explains, people can attain equality, personal fulfillment and thriving communities.
Because learning is critical to advancing individuals, communities and the world, Sue’s goal is to make a college degree possible for everyone in Central Florida. With this purpose in mind, she has volunteered with Valencia College for more than 30 years, not only providing insight and financial resources, but also engaging with students and encouraging faculty and staff.
My favorite thing about Valencia is the absolute conviction that anybody can learn anything in the right environment.”
Valencia College is honored and grateful for the countless contributions Sue Foreman has joyfully and humbly provided. “She is a dedicated volunteer and advocate for Valencia College,” Dr. Sandy Shugart explains. “Her leadership and strong financial support have created pathways of real opportunity for our students.”
Whether it is policy or structure change, the environment, basic human needs, technology, or new ways of accessing knowledge, Sue is passionate about learning and service. She could easily retire from her volunteer activities at Valencia with an extensive list of accomplishments, but Sue has an enduring commitment to serve and be an agent for change. As she begins her fourth decade of philanthropy with our college, Sue Foreman is pursuing new ways to provide education and learning, with the ultimate purpose to endow peace, justice and equality for all members of our community.
Her recommendation to those who are seeking a way to share their own talents and gifts for a better life and world, “Ask yourself,” she says, “where can your efforts have the greatest leverage?”