Sylvia M. Thomasson
Dr. Sylvia M. Thomasson was a woman of outstanding character and quality, who touched many lives throughout her life. Through her professional career Dr. Thomasson played many roles in the educational system, which allowed her the avenue to inspire both students and staff along the way.
Dr. Thomasson held a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling and a Doctorate in Higher Education. Throughout her career she applied these degrees to many different layers of the educational system.
After beginning her career as an elementary school teacher, Dr. Thomasson moved into social work and counseling. Her career in the Florida community college system began in 1975 as a counselor at Pasco-Hernando Community College. Dr. Thomasson worked at Pasco-Hernando Community College for 19 years, culminating as the dean of student services and provost of the West Campus. In 1994 she became part of the Lake-Sumter Community College family as vice president of educational services, where she continued her employment until her passing in 1999. In addition to her administrative responsibilities in the Florida community college system, Dr. Thomasson taught many college credit and noncredit courses. Dr. Thomasson also always managed to maintain involvement in community service.
Dr. Thomasson had been the recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America, service awards from the Kiwanis, the United Way, the American Heart Association and the “Woman of Distinction” award from Florida Suncoast Girl Scout Council. These awards are testimonies to the kind spirit, commitment to others and dedication that Dr. Thomasson displayed throughout her life.
Dr. Thomasson played an active role in the advancement of women and minorities. Her involvement with various community college committees, her presentations at seminars and her genuine personal beliefs solidified her commitment to the issues for which the leadership enhancement program exists. For those of us who have not had the honor of knowing Dr. Thomasson personally, we see her spirit, caring, determination and dedication in those whom she inspired in her lifetime.
Thursday, September 20, 2018