Jackson, MS – Ryan Austin Palmore, Phi Theta Kappa’s 2012-2013 International President and a student at IVY Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been appointed to serve on Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors, Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley has announced.
Palmore will serve as the Student Representative to the Board of Directors for 2013. He will meet with the Board during the Annual Winter Meeting, to be held January 25-27, and provide input on student issues.
Palmore was elected International President of Phi Theta Kappa during the Society’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2012. He has represented the Society during official events throughout the 2012-2013 academic year and will preside over the Annual Convention in San Jose, California.
Palmore is a non-traditional student who dropped out of high school his sophomore year and five years later completed his high school diploma with honors; he is now a Dean’s List student at IVY Tech, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. An English major, he plans to study for a baccalaureate degree in Philosophy and Creative Writing.
Palmore plans a career as a philosophy professor and also hopes to become a recognized contemporary philosopher. He also hopes to publish creative nonfiction and is working to publish his manuscript, As I Awoke: A Memoir of Dreams, Demons and Redemption.
Palmore received a 2011 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship, a $1,000 that aids in the completion of community college degrees/credentials, in addition to various other scholarships from his college. He has also won writing awards, and he is a member of his college’s Democrats Club and the Student Government Association.
Prior to his election as International President, Palmore served as his chapter’s vice president and as Phi Theta Kappa’s Student Government representative before being elected chapter president. He is a college tutor and supplemental instructor; and he enjoys drumming, writing poetry and participating in spoken word poetry.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the 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 130,000 students inducted annually.