Jackson, Mississippi — Two final candidates have been named in the search for Phi Theta Kappa’s next Executive Director and CEO: Dr. Annesa Cheek and Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.
An 11-member search committee was established in August to lead the search for a new Executive Director and CEO. The committee was comprised of representatives of the numerous constituents Phi Theta Kappa serves, including college administrators, chapter members, advisors, Regional Coordinators, alumni and headquarters staff. Seven semifinalists were interviewed in Chicago, Illinois, November 14 and 15.
“We have conducted a rigorous search that resulted in an excellent field of candidates, and the committee is confident that each of the two finalists has the skills and vision to lead Phi Theta Kappa into its second century,” said Dr. George Boggs, Chairman of the Search Committee who also serves as Vice Chair of both the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Boggs is President and CEO Emeritus of the American Association of Community Colleges and Superintendent/President Emeritus of Palomar College in California.
The Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors will convene in Jackson, Mississippi, on January 22, 2016, to conduct final interviews with the candidates. Each candidate will be given time to meet with Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters staff and will be available to respond to questions. The Board will make its final determination at its annual board meeting on January 23.
Dr. Annesa Cheek currently serves as the Vice President, School and Community Partnerships Division, at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She has previously served as the Chief Student Financial Services Officer and as the Senior Advisor to the President at Sinclair.
Cheek has more than 12 years of higher education and community development experience. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. She previously served as the Chief Information and Research Officer for the Society.
Prior to her employment at Phi Theta Kappa, Tincher-Ladner served more than 20 years in higher education in instruction, information technology and research positions. She earned a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.