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2013-2014 International Officer Finalists Announced

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The field of International Officer candidates has been narrowed to 10 — two finalists for each position — following the initial round of voting at the 2013 Annual Convention in San Jose, California.

This year, 27 Phi Theta Kappa members campaigned for International Office. Chapters will elect an International President and four Vice Presidents, each representing one of the Society’s four geographic Divisions. The 2013-2014 International Officers will be announced and installed during the Hallmark Awards Gala April 6.

The International Officer finalists are:

International President: Daniel Chitty of Austin Community College in Texas and Heather Hilton of Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts;

Division I Vice President: Jesus Garcia of Essex County College in New Jersey and Rick Howe from Hagerstown Community College in Maryland;

Division II Vice President: Toni Marek of Victoria College in Texas and Ashley Young of Hillsborough Community College-Brandon in Florida;

Division III Vice President: Rachel Reeck of Western Technical College in Wisconsin and Katrina S. Soper of Montcalm Community College in Michigan;

Division IV Vice President: Amber T. Williams of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado and Kaitlyn Worman of Lane Community College in Oregon.

Serving as an International Officer is the pinnacle of student leadership within Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa members have had the opportunity to visit with the candidates in the Convention Marketplace, and candidate finalists will present speeches on the Honors Study Topic, The Culture of Competition, during the Fourth General Session on Saturday morning, April 6.

International Officers serve one-year terms, and one officer is elected to a one-year term as the Student Representative to the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors.

The International President may be a member of any active chapter, and the duties of the President include presiding at the Annual Convention and Honors Institute, making Annual Convention committee appointments, signing all new chapter charters and representing Phi Theta Kappa at regional meetings and educational conferences.

The International Vice Presidents maintain regular correspondence with chapters in their respective divisions, represent the Society at regional meetings and educational conferences, and preside at the Annual Convention and Honors Institute.