Posted on May 3rd in Press Room

J. Noah Brown Named PTK International Honorary Member

J. Noah Brown, J. Noah Brown, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education and former President and CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), has been named an International Honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK)., has been named an International Honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK).

This recognition is considered PTK’s highest honor for a non-member. The award is not given every year, but only when the Society identifies an individual who has provided extraordinary support to Phi Theta Kappa. In PTK’s 106-year history, only 47 International Honorary Members have been named.

“If Noah Brown’s years of commitment and service to America’s community college students and the sector at large don’t fit the bill, then I don’t know what does,” said PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.  “I, along with the other PTK Board of Directors, unanimously and enthusiastically applaud Noah for his support of PTK, its members, and its mission.”

In addition to his time at ACCT and the U.S. Department of Education, Brown has served on the board for Community Colleges for International Development, Inc, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), and the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

Brown received the award during PTK Catalyst 2024, the Society’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida. 

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the first 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 4.2 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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