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Her visionary leadership of Folsom Lake College is recognized in Capitol Ceremony

SACRAMENTO ย– Assemblyman Roger Niello (R-Fair Oaks) honored Dr. Thelma Scott-Skillman of Folsom as the 2009 Woman of the Year for the 5th Assembly District during a special Assembly ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday.

‘Thelma has significant vision, of the grandest nature.’ said Assembly Niello.  ‘Her dedication and intestinal fortitude was witnessed as the school broke ground last year on a performing arts center of a truly regional nature.’ 

Dr. Scott-Skillman has enjoyed an abundantly successful and distinguished career as an educator. Since 2001, she has served as the founding President of one of the newest community colleges in California. Notably, Thelma guided Folsom Lake College through its first accreditation process.  Most recently, she led the way in the construction of a regional performing arts center that will showcase artistic excellence and quality education.

‘She is truly passionate about community, education, and the arts—in addition to being just an all-around wonderful woman.  Thelma’s strength of character is unparalleled, and I’m proud to have selected her for this award at the State Capitol today,’ said Assemblyman Niello

‘I am honored to have been named 5th District Woman of the Year, and that a man I admire as much as Roger would consider me deserving of such an award.  I am humbled and inspired.’ said Dr. Scott-Skillman.

The Woman of the Year ceremony is an annual event to celebrate remarkable women in California who are making a difference in their communities. Honorees from throughout the state were recognized during Monday’s special Assembly floor session. Assemblyman Niello awarded Dr. Scott-Skillman with an Assembly resolution in recognition of her community service.

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