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Polk Community College Leader Named to Florida Women's Hall of Fame

Maryly Van Leer Peck, president emeritus of Polk Community College, was recently named to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Peck, 76, was born to a family of engineers and earned three degrees in that field from Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida. While in Guam as a missionary for 11 years, she ran a preparatory school and was dean of the College of Business and Applied Technology at the University of Guam. In 1982, she became the first female president of a Florida community college. She remained in that position at Polk until retiring in 1997.

Others named by Governor Crist to the Hall of Fame included Kathy Herrmann Catino, chief executive officer of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, and Justice Peggy Quince.