University namesake honored

Hodges University namesake, Thelma Hodges, was recently honored as one of the “Women of Power” in the Southwestern region of Florida’s by the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, in their first such selection of honorees. 

Also honored at the event were Mayela Rosales, Executive Vice President, Media Vista Group and Amy Wegman, News Anchor, Fox 4 News. Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottcamp served as guest speaker for the event.

Originally from Lawrence, Massachusetts, Thelma worked for many years as a Registered Nurse and was one of three original employees at the Naples Community Hospital (hired three months prior to its opening in 1956).  Thelma worked for the hospital for more than 20 years and at different times was Supervisor of the operating room, central supply and emergency room. Today, Thelma is still an advocate and active volunteer for Naples Community Hospital.

In 2007, the Hodges’ made a significant contribution to what was then known as International College, affecting the name change to Hodges University, in honor of these incredible philanthropists and humanitarians. Today, as an active retiree, Thelma likes to travel and she continues to volunteer for meaningful causes in the community.

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