Kim A. Skievaski, Class of 1977

1995 Distinguished Alumni Recipient

Kim A. Skievaski graduated with High Honors from Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in the Summer Term 1977, after a tour in the United States Navy. While at OWCC, Skievaski learned to appreciate the value and quality of his OWCC education and subsequent degree. Instructors and administrators inspired him with the college's requirements and gave him a true appreciation of the community college spirit, "Boggy Tech by Heck".   His appreciation is best described in his own words, "When I was discharged from the Navy, I had the opportunity to complete college in Virginia, but I elected to return home and to OWCC. I took it on faith that I would receive as fine an education there as anywhere in the state and perhaps the country. After a particularly demanding sociology class, and others I attended at OWCC, I knew I could compete at any university and with anyone."

After his graduation from OWCC, Skievaski attended Florida State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1978; he received his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University, graduating with Honors in 1981. During his years at law school, he studied for a summer in Oxford, England. He began his practice of law in 1981 and served as an Assistant State Attorney on two separate occasions, broken by one year in private practice. In January 1991 Skievaski was elected to the First Judicial Circuit Court, serving Escambia County, where he sits on the bench in Pensacola. In a recent poll of local attorneys conducted by the Pensacola News Journal, Judge Skievaski received the highest rating of all local Federal and State Judges.

Judge Skievaski and his wife Janice, an attorney, are the parents of one son, Felix.

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