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Fourteen College Presidents Receive Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction

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Jackson, MS – Fourteen college presidents/campus CEOs received 2014 Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction at NerdNation, Phi Theta Kappa's 96th Annual Convention in Orlando, April 24-26.

College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving Board of Directors Chair and President Emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. Dr. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984.

Nominees should have served as president at least five years at the current institution as of December 4, 2013, and must attend the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention to receive the award. The 2014 recipients have served an average of eight years at their colleges.

The recipients of the Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction for 2014 are:

  • Dr. Marilyn Beck, President, Calhoun Community College, Alabama
  • Dr. Leah Bornstein, President, Coconino Community College, Arizona
  • Dr. David Campbell, President, Northeast Alabama Community College, Alabama
  • Dr. Donald Claycomb, President, Linn State Technical College, Missouri
  • Dr. Scott Elliott, President, Meridian Community College, Mississippi
  • Dr. Robert Exley, President, Snead State Community College, Alabama
  • Dr. Frank Friedman, President, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Virginia
  • Mr. Steve Hull, Provost, Polk State College-Lakeland Campus, Florida
  • Dr. Steven Kurtz, President, Mineral Area College, Missouri
  • Dr. Joann La Perla-Morales, President, Middlesex County College, New Jersey
  • Dr. Wade McCamey, President, Walters State Community College, Tennessee
  • Dr. Daniel Phelan, President, Jackson College, Michigan
  • Dr. Shawn Robinson, President, Hillsborough Community College, Florida
  • Dr. F. Rick Young, President, East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.