Florida Member and Advisor to Serve on Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors

Jackson, MS – Yanik Etan, Phi Theta Kappa’s 2015-2016 International President and a student at College of Central Florida in Ocala, has been appointed to serve on Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors and Dr. Michael Odu, advisor of the chapter at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, was elected by fellow advisors to serve as Advisor Representative to the Board of Directors.

Yanik Etan

Dr. Michael Odu

Yanik Etan will serve as the Student Representative to the Board of Directors through April of 2016. He will meet with the Board during the Annual Winter Meeting and again in April 2016 during NerdNation, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention.

Etan was elected International President during NerdNation, the Society’s annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, in 2015. He will represent the Society during official events throughout the 2015-2016 academic year and will preside with his fellow officers over NerdNation 2016.

Prior to his election, Etan served his chapter in their elected position as Regional Service Chapter. He has also worked on the chapter’s Honors in Action project and efforts for the Community College Completion Corps (C4).

“The most important issue facing community college students today is their ability to stay consistently motivated throughout the completion of their academic journey,” Etan said. “Studies over the years have shown that there is a direct correlation associated with a student’s level of motivation and their level of participation through extracurricular activities like Phi Theta Kappa.”

Advisors attending NerdNation 2015 elected Dr. Michael Odu to serve as Chapter Advisor Representative to Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors to serve a three-year term and possibly stand for re-election to a second three-year term. He replaces Dr. Dan Bailey of Kentucky, who just completed two terms as Advisor Representative to the Board of Directors.

A mathematics instructor, Dr. Odu is an alumnus of the Mu Rho Chapter at Daytona State College in Florida and has served as a chapter advisor for 13 years. He is also currently serving on the Florida Regional Advisory Board and is certified faculty member of Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies Program.

“I consider my most important leadership role as furthering the cause of all stakeholders at my college,” Dr. Odu said. “I reach beyond my membership by exposing our students to the many offerings of Phi Theta Kappa (such as Competitive Edge for members, CollegeFish, C4, College Project, and Honors in Action) which in turn catapults them to develop higher-level-cognitive and effective skills.”

In addition, Acting Executive Director and Chief Information and Research Officer Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner will temporarily assume the role of Secretary of the Board of Directors.

According to the Constitution, the Executive Director recommends to the Executive Committee (International Officers) for approval candidates to serve on Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors for the alumni, international honorary member, and community college administrator positions. Each position may serve a three-year term, and as a provision of our Bylaws, may be renewed.This year, Alumni Representative Everett “Kip” Johnson had reached the end of the three-year term. During Convention, the Executive Committee met and unanimously voted to reappoint Johnson.

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 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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