Tincher-Ladner Appointed to America’s Promise College Advisory Board

Jackson, Mississippi – Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner has been appointed to the National Advisory Board for the America’s College Promise Campaign.

On September 9, 2015, President Barack Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and former Wyoming Governor James Geringer launched the three-year College Promise Campaign, a bold, national, nonpartisan, community- and state-led initiative that seeks to provide universal access to community colleges for all responsible students with a concerted focus on proven strategies for persisting in and completing college.

Tincher-Ladner will serve a three-year term on the National Advisory Board, which publicly supports the College Promise Campaign; advises the organization on policy, strategy and tactics; actively recruits others; and shares insights and recommendations at quarterly meetings.

The National Advisory Board brings together leading advocates for universal community college access and completion across a broad spectrum of sectors, including education, business, philanthropy, students, non-profits, labor and elected officials. To date, more than 100,000 Americans have pledged to support the campaign in its first five months of operation.

“I am honored to be working with this distinguished group of national leaders. Creating opportunity is part of Phi Theta Kappa’s mission, and having our student leaders involved in this important initiative is yet another opportunity for our members to make a difference in the lives of others,” Tincher-Ladner said. “Our members are problem solvers and can contribute to this conversation and help make it a reality.”

Tincher-Ladner met with other members of the National Advisory Board on April 27 at the State University of New York. Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education, serves as Executive Director of America’s College Promise. Earlier this month Dr. Biden addressed Phi Theta Kappa members attending the Society’s annual convention by video.

In an appearance on April 25 at Community College of Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden highlighted how communities are coming together to make education tuition-free for hard-working students. The announcement celebrated the 27 new community college promise programs that have been launched in states, communities and community colleges and the additional investment of $100 million for America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants (America’s Promise Grants) to connect more Americans to education and in-demand jobs.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Heads Up America campaign, Phi Theta Kappa members can help by signing up at the Heads Up America website. Dowload the free poster and write what free community college would mean to you, snap a photo and share on social media using the hashtag #HeadsUpAmerica.

“The progress we’ve seen is only possible because so many of you have stepped up,” said James Schuelke, Deputy Director of the America’s College Promise Campaign. “The dream that every student will have access to a life-changing community college education is closer than ever.”

Tincher-Ladner is the President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa, where she previously served as the Chief Information and Research officer. Prior to joining Phi Theta Kappa, Tincher-Ladner served over two decades in higher education, primarily working in instruction and information technology. She also served as Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Tincher-Ladner holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Mississippi State University and both an M.A. and B.A. in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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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