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Student Development Commission

2015 Commission of the Year

The mission of the Student Development Commission is to provide professional development and leadership opportunities for student affairs practitioners and others throughout the state who actively encourage students to realize their fullest potential 
and reach their educational, life and career goals.




  1. What We Do
  2. Executive Board
  3. Bylaws
  4. Newsletter
  5. Announcements
  6. Awards and Recognition
  7. Who We Are
  8. Social Media


Student Development - Through our network we:

  • Promote student service programs throughout the regions and statewide
  • Share ideas and enhance professional development by offering conferences and workshops
  • Discuss common problems and concerns
  • Gather data and conduct surveys relative to various student service functions
  • Represent the interests of our colleagues at various state meetings
  • Coordinate activities with other commissions
  • Acknowledge outstanding student service practices through Exemplary Practice Awards competition
  • Recognize practitioners who are considered exceptionally effective and active in the local AFC chapter as well as the Student Development Commission through special service awards
  • Provide a means for exchange of ideas and an update about regional activities through the publication of our newsletter, The Network.



Executive Board


Chair:  Deanne Abrams, Valencia College
Phone: 407-582-2038

Chair-Elect:  John Fey, Pasco-Hernando State College
Phone: 727-816-3111

Past Chair: Marjorie McGee, College of Central Florida
Phone: 352-291-4416

Recording Secretary: Andrea Lee, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Phone: 941-752-5436

Treasurer: Lori Cannon, Gulf Coast State College
Phone: 850-873-3598



Information about upcoming conferences, exemplary practice, and special contests will be posted here.

Check back throughout the year for updates.

Submit Your Exemplary Practice
in our 2017 Competition




50th Anniversay Student Development Commission Annual Conference
Hosted by PHSC

May 16-18, 2017

PHSC Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch
located in Wesley Chapel, FL

Registration and Details coming soon





 Student Development 

 Who we are:

Active participants in the Commission represent the following student service areas:

  • Academic Advisement
  • Admissions and Records
  • Assessment
  • Career Development
  • Counseling
  • Dean of Students
  • Enrollment Management
  • Financial Aid
  • Instruction
  • International Students
  • Job Placement/Co-op
  • Recruitment
  • Registration
  • Retention Programs
  • Special Population Programs
  • Student Activities/Student Leadership
  • Student Development
  • Student Disability Services
  • Testing
  • and more!

By-laws and

Standing Rules

Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Student Development Commission hereby adopts these By-laws and Standing Rules.

Standing Rules alt - as of May 2014

Bylaws alt - as of May 2015 



The Student Development Commission Newsletter, The Network, is published electronically four times a year.

The SDC 2016 Post Conference newsletter is here!


Awards and Recognition


2016 Award Winners

Cameron Hall Practitioner Award
James Evans, Broward College

Dr. Charles R. Dassance
​Student Development Advancement Award

Lara Zwilling, Sante Fe College

Faculty Connection Award
Cynthia Moody, College of Central Florida

Student Leader Connection Award
Arin Conrad, College of Central Florida
Exemplary Practice Award
Dr. Leonard C. Bass – Valencia College
"S.E.E. UCF"


The Student Development Commission has established six awards to honor and recognize members of the commission. Click on the links below to view criteria and nomination forms.

Cameron Hall Practitioner Award

Dr. Debra J. Hay Distinguished Award

Dr. Charles R. Dassance Student Development Advancement Award

Student Leader Connection Award

Faculty Connection Award 

Exemplary Practice Award


Social Media

Click on the icons below to follow the Student Development Commission on Social Media!