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Folsom Lake College president announces retirement

Folsom Lake College President Dr. Thelma Scott-Skillman, the college’s founding president, has announced she plans to retire from her position effective June 30, 2012.

Scott-Skillman was appointed president of Folsom Lake College July 1, 2001, after a national search. She previously served in progressively responsible positions in four colleges and the California Community College System office, spanning four decades of administrative and instructional experience. As the founding president of Folsom Lake College, Scott-Skillman guided the college to full accreditation status in January 2004.

Scott-Skillman announced her retirement decision early to allow the Los Rios Community College District the time it needs to find a new president for the college.

“Folsom Lake College is in a position of great strength, with enrollment strong and steady,” Scott-Skillman said. “The college continues to excel in all academic areas, is a leader among its peers in technology, the sciences, general education, and the arts, and most importantly, embraces ‘community’ as its core. The college and its new performing arts center Three Stages, clearly is a destination point providing quality higher education, arts and entertainment for this part of the region. There is a bright future ahead for Folsom Lake College. It’s been a privilege to be a part of the college’s growth and development.”

In addition to her service at Folsom Lake College, Scott-Skillman is active in local, state, regional, and national organizations, including the Folsom Economic Development Corp, American Association of Community Colleges, and the national President’s Round Table of African-American CEOs.

“Dr. Scott-Skillman had the wonderful and rigorous task of starting a new college, seeing it through its initial accreditation and building its first educational programs,” said Los Rios Chancellor Brice Harris. “Her work and her legacy are visible throughout the campus and she will be greatly missed.”

The Los Rios Community College District enrolls nearly 85,000 students at its four colleges — American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City.

A college of the Los Rios Community College District and one of California’s 112 Community Colleges, Folsom Lake College serves approximately 9,000 students at the main Folsom campus, El Dorado Center and Rancho Cordova Center. For more information on Folsom Lake College visit flc.losrios.edu.

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