SJR STATE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS
LORI WAGNER (2007)
Vice President, VyStar Credit Union - Oakleaf Branch
Each week, St. Johns River State College is honoring one of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of those who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
Since the beginning of her collegiate journey, Lori possessed the admirable ability to balance her responsibilities as a wife, mother, student and full-time employee. After all, the business world needs leaders who can effectively juggle corporate demands while remaining receptive to the complexities of society’s needs.
After earning her Associate in Arts (transfer) degree from SJR State, Lori continued her education by enrolling at Saint Leo University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in business administration.
In addition to her role as Vice President of VyStar Credit Union’s Oakleaf Branch, Lori still finds time to give back to her community. She has served as the Clay Chamber’s workforce advisory board chairman as a way to strengthen the relationship between SJR State and the workforce community. She has also volunteered for the City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and the Take Stock in Children literacy program. Her work with Habitat for Humanity earned her Clay County’s Peggy Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.
As an alumna and an advocate for SJR State, Lori often addresses audiences with an inspiring message on higher education and how SJR State has “played a lifetime role” in her journey as a student, professional and humanitarian.
Lori often instills the importance of education for not just careers, but for personal growth as well. “Within the classes are experiences that will enable students to better understand the many facets of life,” she said. Lori believes the professors at SJR State influenced and guided her to become a humanitarian in addition to being a successful business woman.
“The classroom setting is an excellent atmosphere for a wide array of individuals to share their viewpoints on a variety of topics,” she said. “By actively listening and participating in classroom conversations, I became more empathetic toward the needs of our community.”
SJR State Highlights:
- SJR State adjunct professor
- 2013 nominee for the Leroy Collins Alumni Award, sponsored by the Association of Florida Colleges
- SJR State Workforce Faculty Adjunct of the Year, 2014
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