Dr. Rod Risley Announces His Retirement After 38 Years Of Service

Dr. Rod Risley informed the Board of Directors of his decision to retire as Executive Director, effective June 30, 2015, and plans were finalized on July 13.

Dr. Risley and the Board have been discussing his future retirement for some time. The Board thanked Dr. Risley for his years of service and accepted his resignation.

The Board asked Vice Chairman Dr. George Boggs to lead a selection committee to begin the search for a successor. Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director during Dr. Risley’s recent leave of absence, will continue in that capacity until a successor has been selected.

“We knew there would come a day when Rod would retire,” said Board Chairman Everett “Kip” Johnson. “The success of our organization today is in no small part due to his leadership; but, our strength lies in the hearts of our students, advisors and unbelievably committed staff.”

“We wish him the best in the next chapter of his life, and we have complete confidence in the future of our Society and look forward with optimism to our next chapter as well.”

For almost a century, Phi Theta Kappa has positioned itself to be of great importance in the lives of community college students. To secure future success, the Society will launch a listening tour in fall 2015 to determine priorities and strategies that best accomplish the Society’s mission of recognizing student achievement and providing opportunities for further growth.

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