Redlands Community College President Jack Bryant of Oklahoma is being honored by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with the 2016 Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award. The award will be presented at NerdNation, the organization’s annual convention, being held April 7-9, in National Harbor, Maryland.
This award is presented to alumni who have provided exemplary support and leadership to Phi Theta Kappa on a local, regional and/or national/international level over a period of several years.
Bryant was inducted into the Mu Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Connors State College on December 7, 1977, and was an active member. From 1990-1994, he served as an advisor to the award-winning Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Redlands Community College. Now in the role of college president, he continues to be a passionate advocate for Phi Theta Kappa.
“Jack makes Phi Theta Kappa a priority at the college, which means that he supports Phi Theta Kappa with his time, his talent and his treasure,” said former chapter advisor and Oklahoma-Arkansas Regional Coordinator Emeritus Jim Mauldin. “He attends all inductions and is always the speaker at officer installations. He often attends the chapter’s annual cookout and the all-day officer training for local chapters.”
Bryant provides direct support to the chapter advisor team and to chapter members, making it possible for students to be engaged in and benefit from all that Phi Theta Kappa has to offer, Mauldin explained.
“As a Phi Theta Kappa officer, it was a great surprise to find President Bryant in attendance at almost everything we do as a chapter,” said chapter officer Brooke Banfield. “I know we are supported at every level, and he truly wants us all to succeed.”
In addition to providing his time, Bryant provides the chapter with financial support, which he says will continue as long as Phi Theta Kappa continues to thrive on the campus.
“President Bryant embodies the heart, hands, and head of a true leader,” said chapter advisor Julie Flegal-Smallwood. “Redlands and the Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter are fortunate to have him as our chief administrator.”
Bryant was recently named to the Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidential Advisory Board, where he is serving as an ambassador by working with Society leaders to make connections with other college leaders to increase transfer scholarship opportunities for Phi Theta Kappa members in the state of Oklahoma.
“I could not be happier with the Board of Directors’ choice for this award,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Jack is an active member of our Presidential Advisory Board, and at the same time, a student’s voice among presidents when it comes to benefits for our members and the direction of our Society.”
In 2015, Bryant was a leader among community college presidents in Oklahoma, as he introduced and championed a statewide Community College Completion Corps (C4) initiative that engaged students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members throughout the state in a show of support for improving community college completion in Oklahoma.
“I am truly humbled by this recognition from an organization that has made a huge impact on my educational career,” Bryant said of his selection. “Phi Theta Kappa provides an opportunity for our students to nurture and develop their leadership and service skills, while working collaboratively with other academically minded colleagues. It gives them the opportunity to push their own boundaries through academic rigor and service to others.”