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Flagler community reflects on impact of retiring professor

Jun 10, 2020
by Jayda Barnes, '19

Steve Voguit, assistant professor of humanities and faculty athletic representative, retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year after 50 years of teaching, 20 of which were at Flagler College.

Voguit worked in public education in Pennsylvania for 30 years before moving to Florida. When his son chose to attend Flagler College, Voguit felt a strong connection to St. Augustine. He and his wife moved to the historic city, where he began teaching history at Flagler. He worked as an adjunct professor for five years before transitioning to full-time.

For Voguit, his passion for teaching was fueled by his connections to students. Students often remarked on the lessons he taught them, not just in history but on how to be a kind human being. His enthusiasm for education shined through in every lesson and was reflected back to him by his students. He even enjoyed grading. Every Friday morning, he could be found downtown, eating a cinnamon roll and meeting with students.

“My strongest asset is I love them,” said Voguit of his students. “I fall in love with them every year.”

In addition to his academic dedication, Voguit was always a supporter of athletics. When Flagler joined the NCAA Division II in 2006, he became the faculty athletic representative as mandated by the association. He remained in the role until his retirement this year and attended countless athletic events over the years.

Voguit also has a strong passion for missionary work. During one of his Friday morning meetings, a former student approached him and shared her personal dedication to mission trips. She inspired him to take up missionary work, which he often shared with other passionate students. He also participated in a weekly athletics Bible study led by Joe Zalinka and Joey Wiles.

“He did so many things behind the scenes to help students succeed, both in internships, getting them jobs, and he’s such a humble man that he would never speak about it,” said Dr. Joseph G. Joyner, president of Flagler College. “I think of all the professors we have, Steve was someone who really exemplified what a Flagler College professor was.”

Voguit’s academic legacy will live on in the lessons he taught and the lives he impacted. Despite his retirement, he is still open to a future return to academics.

“I think I still have more teaching in me,” said Voguit.

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