Jackson, MS – Dr. Duane Hood, retired Administrator of Student Services for Western Texas College, has been chosen as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2012 Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award winner. Dr. Hood will receive his award at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in Nashville April 12-14, where he will serve as keynote speaker at the Alumni Banquet.
The Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually to an alumnus in recognition of his or her service contributions in support of Phi Theta Kappa on the local, national and international levels.
Dr. Hood was inducted into the Iota Alpha Chapter of Trinity Valley Community College (then known as Henderson County Junior College) on March 17, 1961.
Shortly after, while attending East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce, Duane Hood met his future wife — Mary Larraine Strong. In 1971, they moved with their young twin daughters, Deanne and Denise, to Snyder, Texas, to join the faculty of the new Western Texas College.
Dr. Hood valued his experience as a Phi Theta Kappa member at Trinity Valley Community College, and as Administrator of Student Services at Western Texas College, he led efforts to charter the Psi Zeta Chapter in 1972. A year later Mary Hood became an advisor, and for the next 38 years the Hoods were closely associated with Phi Theta Kappa on the chapter, regional and international levels.
Over the years the Psi Zeta Chapter collected numerous awards, and both Mary and Duane Hood were recognized for their service as advisors. Both served as officers in the Association of Chapter Advisors. When his wife became Texas Regional Coordinator in 1993, Dr. Duane Hood acted as regional comptroller, efficiently managing funds so that the region was able to establish scholarships for members to attend regional and international events, and award tuition scholarships due to wise investments. Under the Hoods’ leadership the region won a record 15 Distinguished Region Awards, hosted four Annual Conventions and produced innumerable International Officers and Society scholarship recipients.
“As Mary contributed to Phi Theta Kappa on the chapter, regional and international levels, Duane Hood served as her rock and supporter in every way. His long-term engagement and support on all levels have been unwavering,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. “As an educator and advisor, Duane’s devotion to students was always in evidence. He believed in Phi Theta Kappa and he was determined to help as many students as possible enjoy the benefits of membership.”
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.