Thirteen Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Named 2016 Advisors Emeriti


Jackson, Mississippi – Thirteen advisors have been named Advisors Emeriti by the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and were recognized during the Association of Chapter Advisors Luncheon at Phi Theta Kappa's 2016 annual convention in National Harbor, Maryland, April 7-9.

Established by the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, the Advisor Emeritus program includes a select group of retired or retiring advisors who, after providing extraordinary leadership and achieving success, are invited to continue their engagement and support of the Society based on their interests and expertise in Phi Theta Kappa's programs.

Recipients must be nominated by a Phi Theta Kappa headquarters staff member. Then, an Advisor Emeritus Nominating Committee makes an annual recommendation to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Executive Committee for approval, and an announcement is made at convention each year.

To be selected, the advisor must meet a majority of the following criteria:

  • Retired/retiring from serving as an advisor
  • Length of service of five years or greater
  • High level of contributions or engagement (Board Member, Regional Coordinator, Association of Chapters Advisors officer, Faculty Scholar, Honors Program Council, Advisor Continued Excellence Award, international distinguished chapter awards)
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise of Phi Theta Kappa and its programs
  • Desire to continue the Phi Theta Kappa experience
  • Commitment to improving opportunities for community college students
  • History of providing financial support
  • Must be retired from a two-year college full-time

The 2016 Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Emeriti are:

Dr. Jane Abbott
Santa Fe Community College
New Mexico

Cindy Armijo
Luna Community College
New Mexico

Christine Bush
Palm Beach State Community College

Sue Grove
Riverland Community College

William (Bill) Loftus (posthumously)
Big Sandy Community & Technical College

Larry Polk
Richland College
Dr. Yolanda Romero
North Lake College

Judy Ryan
Fresno City College

Erin Smith
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Stahl
Scottsdale Community College

Jim Stonesifer
Banner Elk Community College
North Carolina

Brady Surles
Southwest Virginia Community College

Billy Wilson
Holmes Community College-Goodman Campus/Meridian Community College

Advisors Emeriti have opportunities to remain engaged with Phi Theta Kappa by sharing their knowledge, serving as volunteers and acting as resources for new advisors.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

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