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Twenty-One College Presidents Receive Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction
Jackson, MS – Twenty-one college presidents/campus CEOs received 2013 Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction at Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention in San Jose, April 4-6.
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.
The recipients of the Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction for 2013 are:
Dr. Johnny Allen, President, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Mississippi
Dr. John Avendano, President, Kankakee Community College, Illinois
Dr. Virginia Carson, President, South Georgia College, Georgia
Dr. Catherine Chew, President, Craven Community College, North Carolina
Mr. Andrew Dorsey, President, Front Range Community College, Colorado
Dr. Tahita Fulkerson, Tarrant County College, Texas
Dr. Janice Gilliam, President, Northeast State Community College, Tennessee
Dr. Patricia Granados, President, Triton College, Illinois
Dr. Benda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College, Texas
Mr. Thomas Leary, President, Luzerne County Community College, Pennsylvania
Dr. David Levinson, President, Norwalk Community College, Connecticut
Dr. William Lewis, President, Pearl River Community College, Mississippi
Mr. James Lowe, Jr., President, Bishop State Community College, Alabama
Dr. Terry Murrell, President, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Iowa
Dr. Ronnie Nettles, President, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Mississippi
Dr. Katherine Persson, President, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Texas
Dr. Lee Rasch, President, Western Technical College, Wisconsin
Dr. Mike Richards, President, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada
Dr. Barbara Risser, President, Finger Lakes Community College, New York
Dr. Gregory Smith, President, Central Community College, Nebraska
Dr. Marshall “Sonny” White, President, Midlands Technical College, South Carolina
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., 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. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.