Simone Joins PTK Presidential Advisory Board

1Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named Dr. Carmen Simone, president of Western Nebraska Community College in Nebraska, to its Presidential Advisory Board.

She joins 43 other college presidents from across the nation on the board and will provide input into the organization’s strategic plan, priorities, and direction. Advisory Board members advocate for Phi Theta Kappa, its members, and its mission; serve as liaisons between PTK headquarters and the college leaders in their states; and advise the Society’s President and CEO and other senior leaders.

Phi Theta Kappa goes beyond recognition to serve as a pathway to student success and completion by providing scholarships and opportunities to its members for individual growth and development — work that would not be possible without the support of college presidents like Simone. The Presidential Advisory Board was established in 2015.

Simone became the sixth president of Western Nebraska Community College in November 2019. She was the founding vice president and dean at the University of South Dakota Community College for Sioux Falls, and she also served five years as the president of Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado.

While in Colorado, Simone became a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accreditation agencies for higher education. She has also served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

Simone began her career as a faculty member at Casper College in Wyoming before advancing to faculty senate chair, division chair, and vice president for Academic Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Colorado State University.

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