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Mr. Mark Logas

Professor of Political Science

Professor Mark Logas is a native Floridian, born and raised in Central Florida. He is married and has two daughters.

Professor Logas earned his AA degree from Lake-Sumter Community College in 1983, his BA from the University of Central Florida in 1985, and his Masters degree from UCF in 1990. He was also Student Government President at Lake-Sumter during the 1982-1983 academic school year.

Professor Logas has been a full-time, tenured Political Science faculty member at Valencia College since 2002. In addition, he has been teaching Mass Media & Politics, State Government & Public Policy, and Politics in Film classes at UCF since 2009. He also taught as an adjunct instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida between 1988 and 1996.

Since his arrival in 2002, Professor Logas has taught U.S. Government classes, including dual enrollment sections for seven years at Hungerford Prep High School. In addition, Professor Logas restructured the State & Local Government class on the East Campus and has offered it each semester since his arrival. On occasion, his students have been recognized on government television when visiting city council and county commission meetings in person. Professor Logas was also asked to create a Government & Media class which was added to the catalog in Spring 2003. Professor Logas was the coordinator for the college-wide Civic Leadership Internship Program for six years. The program received national recognition at various conferences and coverage by local news media highlighting students who achieved their goal of becoming civic leaders through leadership initiatives that made a difference in our community.

Professor Logas is the coordinator of the East Campus Veterans Group, a member of the Bill Castellano Civic Leadership Scholarship Committee, a member of the Tenure Review Committee, and was elected to serve on the Faculty Senate in 2012. During his tenure at Valencia he has served as one of the leaders of the college-wide Learning Outcomes Committee, Faculty-2-Faculty Committee, Valencia SPD Travel/Funds Committee, Director of Library Service Hiring Committee, has taught a LinC class with Professor Linda Neal, and has participated in numerous Destinations workshops to enhance student learning and expand teaching skills for faculty in the classroom.

Professor Logas is proud of the academic awards he has received, including being named "Professor of the Semester-Spring 2004" by the Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, earning the "Certificate of Appreciation for Making A Difference" as coordinator of the Civic Leadership Internship Program in 2006, being a recipient of the 2007 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, being nominated for the 2012 Lake-Sumter Community College Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame Awards, being selected in 2013 as a recognized Valencia College leader and participant in Pivot 360, being nominated by peers for the 2014 Valencia College Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, and being selected for a Valencia College Sabbatical Leave during the Fall 2015 semester to research ways to encourage pre-college and college-level students to learn about government. In 2009, Professor Logas was one of three statewide community college professors nominated and elected to serve on the executive council of the Florida Political Science Association. He was nominated again in 2012 and elected to his second term on the executive council. In 2015, Professor Logas was nominated again and elected to serve his third term on the executive council. In 2017, after serving as the Event Coordinator for the FPSA Annual Conference, Mark was elected as 2nd Vice President. In 2018, Mark was nominated and elected 1st Vice President.

Prior to coming to Valencia College, Professor Logas spent over 25 years in broadcast radio and broadcast television covering state and local government and coordinating election coverage.

On the broadcast radio side, Mark has worked as a radio disc-jockey, news reporter, talk show host, and news director. In addition, he has covered every election since 1978 and has provided political analysis on radio stations WDBO, WFLA, WQBQ, and WMFE/NPR in Orlando. Between 2002 and 2010, Mark worked exclusively with WLBE Radio providing election night coverage and analysis. Since 2013, Mark has been the guest host for Bud Hedinger on the popular “Good Morning Orlando” radio show on 102.5FM/540AM WFLA. In 2014, Mark solo-anchored 102.5FM WFLA's election night coverage. In 2016, he hosted “Decision 2016: The Presidential Election” on 102.5FM WFLA, providing political shows with special guests, while taking listener calls before each debate. Mark also anchored election night coverage from Super Tuesday through the General Election. Sadly, in 2016, there were two major stories that impacted Orlando. Mark anchored coverage of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting and Hurricane Matthew. In 2017, Mark anchored live coverage of Hurricane Irma.

On the broadcast television side, Mark has worked as a television news assignment editor at WCPX-Channel 6 (currently WKMG), was hired as the first weekend assignment editor at WESH-Channel 2, where he also worked as election coordinator, a researcher in the investigative unit, and on the weekday assignment desk. He was the assistant news director at WVIR-NBC 29 in Charlottesville, VA., returning to Central Florida as special projects producer at WFTV-Channel 9. He has also provided political analysis on WUCF-PBS Channel 24 in Orlando.

Professor Logas was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best TV Newscast" in 1996, earned the "Best TV Newscast Award" in 1997, and received the "Associated Press Best TV News Story Award" in 2000. In addition to his television work, Mark returned to radio in the early 1990's with two successful radio talk shows. Professor Logas was added to the Central Florida Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.

Throughout his broadcasting career, Mark has interviewed well-known people from all walks of life: President Ronald Reagan, Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General Janet Reno, Senator Bob Graham, Senator Paula Hawkins, Governor George Allen, Congressman and FL Attorney General Bill McCollum, Governor Jeb Bush, Congressman Daniel Webster, and Lt. Col. Allen West, civil rights leaders Coretta Scott King, Julian Bond, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Mat Staver, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes, newsmakers Phyllis Schlafly, Cheney Mason, Bobby Schindler, and James O'Keefe, local leaders Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood and Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, journalist-columnist-Ukraine Holocaust researcher Greg Dawson, journalist Pavlina Osta, entertainers Jay Leno, Mike Farrell and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H), Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, & Peter Tork (The Monkees), Weird Al Yankovic, Dean Butler (Little House on the Prairie), William Devane (Honky Tonk Freeway, -24-), and Charles Keating (Another World, Brideshead Revisited) to name a few.

Through his years in broadcasting, Professor Logas has developed lasting professional relationships and has asked several of these individuals to share their knowledge with students in his various classes. Here are a few of the guest speakers who have visited his students:

Ben Aycrigg, News Anchor/“Walter Cronkite of Central Florida”, WDBO Channel 6 for 35 years
Carole Nelson, first female reporter and television news anchor in Orlando
Vanessa Echols, Co-anchor Daybreak newscast, WFTV Channel 9
Bruce Hamilton, television news anchor, WESH Channel 2, talk radio host at 580-WDBO Radio
Josh Wilson, Investigative Reporter, WFTV Channel 9
Robin Smythe, General Manager, Central Florida News13
Henry Maldonado, General Manager, WKMG Local6
Stan Knott, General Manager, WOFL-FOX35
Bill Bauman, General Manager, WESH Channel 2
Bob Jordan, News Director, WFTV Channel 9
Pete Ellis, Videographer, WESH Channel 2
Marty Stebbins, Meteorologist, WESH Channel 2
Greg Dawson, Columnist, Orlando Sentinel and Holocaust Author
Mike Thomas, Columnist, Orlando Sentinel
Ron Wallace, Publisher, Daily Commercial
Bud Hedinger, Host of Bud Hedinger Live, WFLA 540 AM
Shannon Burke, Host of Shannon Burke Show, WFLA 540 AM
Pat Campbell, Host of Pat Campbell Show, WFLA 540 AM
Michael Yaffee, Host of Beyond Reason WFLA 102.5 FM
Tom Benson, Program Director, Clear Channel Communications
Pat Duggins, News Director, WMFE Radio
Mac McNair, General Manager, WLBE Radio
Congressman Ric Keller, District 8
Congressman Daniel Webster, District 9
Bill McCollum, Florida Attorney General
Lou Frey, former Congressman & Founder of the Lou Frey Institute at UCF
Representative Dan Webster, District 10
Tom Hurlburt, U.S. Marshall
Gabriel Maldonado, FBI Special Agent
Trooper Lt. Kim Montes, Public Information, Florida Highway Patrol
Dick Batchelor, Civic Leader, Liberal Radio Commentator, former FL House Representative
Tico Perez, Conservative Radio Commentator
Fred Brummer, Orange County Commissioner, District 2
Tiffany Moore-Russell, Orange County Commissioner, District 6
John Martinez, Orange County Commissioner, District 3
Steve Triggs, Communications Manager, Orange County Government
Jorge Figueredo, Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
Lisabeth Fryer, Casey Anthony’s Attorney
Cheney Mason, Casey Anthony’s Attorney
Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s Attorney
Mary Schindler, Bobby Schindler, Suzanne Carr (Terri Schiavo’s Mother, Brother, and Sister)

Published, 2018 Florida Political Chronicle Volume 25 N.2, “US Government-Who Needs It? We The People!”
Published, 2018 Jameson Parker Barking Backward March 3, "What Makes You Think Your Child Is Getting An Education?"
Presenter, 2016 FL Political Science Association Conference, “US Government-Who Needs It?”
Interviewed, The Steve Gruber Show, November 11, 2015
Interviewed, Breitbart News Sunday, November 8, 2015
Interviewed, Central Florida Future-Campus Safety, November 5, 2015
Presenter, Created Equal-Central FL Civil Rights, Seminole Co. Library, January 26/28, 2015
Interviewed, Orlando Magazine-Flood Stage, June 2014
Guest Speaker, UCF College Republicans, 2013
Guest Speaker, Spirit of ’76 Gun Club-2nd Amendment Rights, 2013
Guest Speaker, Osceola County Women’s Republican Club-Affordable Care Act, 2013
Guest Speaker, Florida Frontiersmen Association, 2013
Guest Speaker, Lake County Republican Women’s Club-Education Reform, 2013
Featured, East Campus Concentrate, July 2013
Presenter, Florida Political Science Association Conference 2012, Roundtable-Cheney Mason
Featured, Hillsborough College Online News, August 2012
Presenter, Hillsborough Community College-Washington Center RNC Internship, 2012
Presenter, Florida Political Science Association Conference 2011, Government & Media
Quoted, Vitae: Bill Castellano, A Valencia Legend, Summer/Fall 2009
Author, Vitae: Driven To Succeed, Summer/Fall 2008
Presenter, Orange County School Board-Keep Hungerford Prep Open, April 2007
Featured, Valencia Source, Volume 14 Issue 2, 9/21/2005
Guest Speaker, Phi Theta Kappa-Valencia East Chapter, 2005

Through the years Professor Logas has volunteered his time and participated in community events including: Muscular Dystrophy Telethons, Public Broadcasting Telethons, reading to school children, conducting badge classes for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as emcee for several Greek Festivals, contributing pictures of old gas station signs and buildings to gassigns.org for historical preservation, participating as a panelist for the “Honky Tonk Freeway Fundraiser” to help raise money for the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, teaching free government classes to area homeschool groups, volunteering to speak to various community groups about the Bill of Rights to Common Core and the Affordable Care Act, writing articles about civic responsibility in educational magazines, conducting a workshop for Hillsborough Community College students as they prepared to intern at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, addressing members of the Orange County Public School board asking them not to close the only high school in Eatonville, FL (the first established Black Township in America), and serving on the UCF Student Disability Services Faculty Advisory Board. In 2016, Mark served as the Moderator for the Ocoee Mayor/Commission Debate and was also the Master of Ceremonies for the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Tree Dedication Ceremony. In 2017, he participated in the Dawn Brancheau Foundation Dream Big 5K Run at SeaWorld.

Phone: 407-582-2028

Email: mlogas@valenciacollege.edu

Office: East Campus

Location: Building 1 Room 320