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This profile was last updated on 9/8/07  and contains information from public web pages.

Board Member

Winter Haven Hospital Development Foundation

Employment History


  • honorary doctorate
    University of Tampa
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Fred Lenfestey served as the ..., 8 Sept 2007 [cached]
Fred Lenfestey served as the first president from 1964 to 1982 and was instrumental in bringing PCC to Winter Haven.
Before he was president of PCC, Lenfestey was dean and vice president of Pensacola Junior College.After he retired from PCC, Lenfestey became the director of the Winter Haven Hospital Development Foundation.
Lenfestey also served in the armed forces for three years during World War II and two years during the Korean War.
Lenfestey was the past president of the Rotary Club in Winter Haven, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tampa, named "Man of the Year" by Winter Haven Masonic Order and Knights of Columbus, received Lake Region Bankers' Cup for community service and was the elected president of the Southern Association of Community Colleges.
After Lenfestey retired in 1982, Maryly VanLeer Peck served as the PCC president until 1997.
Peck was the first woman to receive a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University, the first woman to receive a master's and doctorate in engineering from University of Florida, the first woman to be named president of a community college in Florida and the first woman to be admitted to the membership of the Downtown Rotary Club of Winter Haven.
Peck was chosen from a field of 200 to become president of PCC and during her 14-year tenure, she oversaw tremendous growth and implemented improvements to the academic quality at the college.
Under her leadership, PCC established a campus in Lakeland that is shared with the University of South Florida.
Fred Lenfestey, the first ..., 8 Sept 2007 [cached]
Fred Lenfestey, the first president of the college, was there to support Holden in her role as president.
"I think she's great," Lenfestey said about Holden.
As the first president of PCC, Lenfestey was instrumental in building the campus and he reminisced about the oak trees that were planted when the college opened.
"I saw the oak trees we planted," Lenfestey said."When you see the oak trees after all these years, you know the college is here to stay."
Lenfestey was president of the PCC from 1964 to 1982 and all three of his children graduated from the college.
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