Sierra College's Rosenthal to replace Folsom Lake College president Scott-Skillman

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The Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees has tapped Rachel Rosenthal as the new president of Folsom Lake College. The selection culminates what school officials describe as a "national search" begun when college president Thelma Scott-Skillman announced her retirement late last year. Rosenthal has served as assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction at Sierra College since 2007. She began her career in education at American River College as a member of the math faculty in 1994. In 2000, she was promoted to dean of the mathematics department and in 2004 she was again promoted to dean of planning, research and development -- a job she held until moving to her current position at Sierra College. "Dr. Rosenthal brings a strong academic focus and many years of experience in instruction and administration to her new position," said Los Rios board president Ruth Scribner. "We think she will be a great fit for this young and growing campus." Rosenthal holds a Doctorate of Education in education leadership and a Master's of Science in applied mathematics both from UC Davis, a Master's of Art in education from California State University, Sacramento, and a Bachelor's of Science in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University. Her community involvement includes service on the Placer County Economic Development Board, the Sierra College Foundation Board and the Rotary Club of Roseville. "(Her) blend of education and experience and her commitment to community colleges make her an excellent choice to lead Folsom Lake is it moves through its first decade," said Brice Harris, chancellor of Los Rios. Rosenthal will assume her new position on July 2. Folsom Lake College enrolls nearly 9,000 students on its main campus, its Rancho Cordova outreach site and its El Dorado Educational Center in Placerville.