Judge Edward Nicholas Honored with SCF President’s Award of Distinction

(Bradenton, January 2, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) President Dr. Lars A. Hafner honored Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas with the President’s Award of Distinction at SCF 2011 Winter Commencement held on Dec. 16 in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton.

Nicholas, who also was guest speaker at graduation, was recognized for his commitment to the community and support of SCF and its mission to advance the educational, professional, and personal goals of SCF students and members of the College’s service area. 

A lifelong Manatee County resident with an illustrious historical connection to SCF, he is the stepson of Dr. Sam Neel, who was the founding president of SCF (then Manatee Junior College) and the namesake for the Neel Performing Arts Center.

Nicholas, a career prosecutor before being elected Circuit Court Judge in 2002, is currently assigned to the Juvenile Division in Manatee County. Recently he created a Parent Mentoring Program to team parents who have been reunited with their children in Dependency Court with those new to the system. Nicholas serves on various boards, including Manatee Children’s Services, Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, and The SCF Foundation Inc.

Since 1998, Nicholas has taught law classes as an adjunct instructor in the SCF Legal Assisting/Paralegal program where his engaging presentations, authoritative knowledge and real-world examples have inspired countless students.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in secondary education from Iona College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the Valedictorian. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law.

He lives in Bradenton with his wife, AnnMarie, and son, Steven.

SCF President Dr. Hafner with Judge Edward Nicholas 
Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas was presented with the SCF President’s
Award of Distinction. Nicholas is pictured here with (left to right) SCF President
Dr. Lars A. Hafner; Nicholas’ mother, Eleanor Neel, widow of SCF founding
President Dr. Sam Neel; and AnnMarie Nicholas.

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