Tincher-Ladner Named President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa

Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner

Jackson, Mississippi – Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors has named Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner as President and CEO.

Tincher-Ladner replaces Dr. Rod Risley, who retired in 2015 after serving as the Society’s CEO for 31 years. She is the third CEO of Phi Theta Kappa in its 98 years. The late Dr. Margaret Mosal was the Society’s first Executive Director.

An 11-member search committee was established in August to lead the search for a new President and CEO. The committee included representatives from the numerous constituents Phi Theta Kappa serves, including college administrators, members, advisors, alumni and staff.

The Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors met in Jackson, Mississippi, on January 22, 2016, to conduct final interviews with the candidates.

“We have conducted a rigorous search that resulted in an excellent field of candidates. The committee and the Board are confident that Dr. Tincher-Ladner 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. Boggs is President and CEO Emeritus of the American Association of Community Colleges and Superintendent/President Emeritus of Palomar College in California.

Tincher-Ladner joined the Phi Theta Kappa staff in 2012 as the Chief Information and Research Officer. She has served as the Interim Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa and as the Secretary and an ex-officio member of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors since April 2015. Tincher-Ladner will officially step into the role of President and CEO on February 1, 2016, and will have an annual salary of $195,000.

Prior to joining the staff at Phi Theta Kappa, Tincher-Ladner served more than 20 years in higher education in instruction and information technology and was the Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She has consulted with colleges throughout the country on areas such as strategic planning, accreditation, economic impact and student advisement. Her work has been published in a variety of publications including the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Tincher-Ladner serves on the graduate faculty for the School of Education at Mississippi State University.

Tincher-Ladner holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Mississippi State University and both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is an honorary member of the Omicron Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has been recognized for her work in higher education by the League of Innovation, the Southern Association of Community College Research (SACCR), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tincher-Ladner presents innovative research and insights on student success regularly at national conferences such as the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Achieving the Dream and the League for Innovation.

“Phi Theta Kappa is a very special organization with a rich history and longstanding tradition of enhancing the lives of community college students,” Tincher-Ladner said. “I am deeply honored to be the President and CEO of this student-centered organization and will work hard on behalf of the members to provide them with the tools they need to be successful.”

Phi Theta Kappa, 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, 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.

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