Posted on March 6th in Press Room

Six College Presidents to Receive Shirley B. Gordon Award

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize six college presidents with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during PTK Catalyst 2023, the Society’s annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, April 20-22.

To be eligible for this award, college presidents and CEOs must have served in their role for at least five years. Recipients are nominated by students on their campus and are only eligible to receive the award once over the course of their career. These 6 recipients were selected from among 604 college presidents eligible to receive this award.

The award recognizes college presidents who have shown support of student success initiatives leading to stronger pathways to completion, transfer, and employment. They have taken an active interest in supporting high-achieving students and developing student leaders on campus. “These college presidents have made it a priority to support student success both inside and outside the classroom,” says Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “This award is special because it comes directly from the students, and it is evidence of the gratitude they feel for the support for them and students like them.”

The Shirley B. Gordon Award is Phi Theta Kappa’s most prestigious award for community college presidents and is named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest-serving Board of Directors Chair and a founder and long-time president of Highline Community College in Washington.

Dr. Feleccia Moore-Davis
St. Louis Community College – Meramec Campus
Dr. Jim Murdaugh
Tallahassee Community College
David Heatherly
Coastal Carolina Community College
North Carolina
Dr. Rebecca Riley
Lone Star College – Montgomery Campus
Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy
Solano Community College
Dr. Cesar Maldonado
Houston Community College

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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