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PTK Appoints Ester to Presidential Advisory Board

Jackson, Mississippi — Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has named Dr. Joyce Ester, president of Normandale Community College in Minnesota, to its Presidential Advisory Board.

She joins 42 other college presidents from across the nation on the board and will provide input into the organization’s strategic plan, priorities, and direction.

Advisory Board members advocate for Phi Theta Kappa, its members, and its mission; serve as liaisons between PTK headquarters and the college leaders in their states; and advise the Society’s CEO and other senior leaders.

Ester became the fifth president of Normandale Community College in 2014. She most recently served as president of Kennedy-King College, one of seven colleges within the City Colleges of Chicago district, from 2011 until 2013.

Ester previously served as associate vice president for student services at Bakersfield College in California; as assistant vice president for judicial affairs and division planning at California State University, Fresno; and as assistant dean of students/judicial affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She worked as a social worker before pursuing a career in academia and has also served as an American Sign Language instructor.

Ester holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree and Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.



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