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Tips for Administrator Hallmark Award Nominations

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Phi Theta Kappa’s Hallmark Awards recognize superior individual and chapter achievement in Society programs. In addition to recognizing members and chapters, we also honor college administrators, as they can and often do play a critical role in the success of their campus’ chapter.

Four Administrator Hallmark Awards are given during Annual Convention:

  • The Distinguished Administrator Award: awarded to community college vice presidents, deans or leaders other than college presidents/CEOs serving a two-year college in an administrative capacity;
  • The Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction: awarded to college presidents and campus CEOs who have made outstanding efforts in promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa;
  • The Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award: presented to college presidents, campus CEOs at two-year or senior institutions, and community college state directors who have been supportive of Phi Theta Kappa and are retiring from their careers;
  • The Distinguished Community College State Director Award: recognizes the contributions of heads of statewide community college associations or systems.

All nominees must have served in their position for at least five years as of December 4, 2013 — the deadline for submitting Administrator Award Applications.

We urge you to review the following considerations as you prepare your nominations. Chapters nominating college presidents and campus CEOs for the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction or the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award should detail specific instances of support similar to these examples in their chapter’s nomination materials.

  • How has your administrator built a solid foundation for the chapter?
  • How has your administrator developed scholarship opportunities?
  • How has your administrator funded chapter operations and events?
  • How has your administrator supported Phi Theta Kappa programs?
  • How has your administrator increased visibility of Phi Theta Kappa as a student success partner with the college?