Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) was awarded for his outstanding public service to the State of California with The President's Medal of Distinction by California State University, Fresno, of which he is a graduate. Nielsen was honored with this award during the 31st Annual Agribusiness Management Conference held in Fresno on November 7, 2012.
"I've always tried to live my life in a manner that would reflect my highest priorities in life- faith, family and leadership," said Nielsen. "I am humbled to receive such recognition and I appreciate that I've been able to give something back to the university that has given me so much and to hopefully inspire others in the rising generation to become involved in their communities, locally and even at the state level to become architects of their own destiny."
The President's Medal of Distinction is the highest non-degree award presented by California State University, Fresno. It is presented to citizens of the region, state or nations, whose contributions in the area of professional achievements or public service are of national or international significance, or represent a contribution of great significance to the university.
"The President's Medal of Distinction is awarded to those who not only give of their time or money, but are worthy of emulation through their leadership," said John D. Welty, President of Fresno California State University. "Fresno State says 'Thank You' to one of its outstanding graduates, student-athletes and community members."