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Susan Sutliff
Executive Assistant
(386) 312-4166
FAX (386) 312-4229

5001 St. Johns Ave.
Palatka, FL 32177

Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations
and Publications
(386) 312-4020
FAX (386) 312-4024

5001 St. Johns Ave.
Palatka, FL 32177


Joe PickensWelcome to St. Johns River State College, and congratulations on taking the first step toward building a better future for yourself, your family and your community! Earning a college education is one of the most important investments you can make in your future.

Before you awaits a collegiate journey rich in student life opportunities and an academic environment equipped to foster your potential. Our long-standing reputation for academic excellence is evident throughout our district. For more than 60 years, SJR State has prepared students just like you to enter the university system, advance in their careers or enter the workforce as trained professionals.

We at SJR State recognize that you are beginning a new chapter in your life and that the foundation for a successful college career requires commitment and support. It is our pledge to recognize you as an individual, and we stand ready to assist you with academic advising, career services and free tutoring through our Academic Support Centers to help you stay focused and on track.

I invite you to join our impressive and diverse student body and benefit from our new programs, the latest technologies and an outstanding faculty. Whether you are returning to college to prepare for a new career or you are exploring your academic options for the first time, our priority is to prepare you for success.

I believe in this community; I believe in this College; and I believe in you.

Warmest regards,
Joe H. Pickens, J.D., President


A message from the President — we care, we are listening

SJR State president inspires Youth in Government students
St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens recently presented an inspiring speech on the importance of being fulfilled through service during the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Youth in Government Pre-Assembly Showcase held in St. Johns County. The Showcase gave high school delegates the opportunity to practice and prepare for the 2017 YIG State Assembly.
Joe Pickens, group selfie

SJR State scholarship commemorates Crescent City icons

President Pickens to serve on Keep Florida Learning Committee

Vikings celebrate National School Lunch Week
Joe Pickens hands out lunches to students

Pickens continues college advocacy as vice-chair of Southern Regional Education Board

SJR State welcomes new Collier-Blocker scholarship recipients

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