22 College Presidents to Receive Paragon Award for New Presidents

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize 22 college presidents with the Paragon Award for New Presidents during PTK Catalyst 2021, the Society’s annual convention, broadcast live from Orlando, Florida, April 8-10.

These awards are given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their college. Recipients were nominated for the award by the students on their campus.

PTK students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research has shown that strong presidential leadership and support of PTK increases member success and the depth of their college experience.

More than 500 college presidents were eligible to receive this award. The 2021 recipients are:

Mr. Michael Berndt
Inver Hills Community College
Minnesota

Dr. Andrew Bowne
Johnson County Community College
Kansas

Dr. Glenn Cerny
Schoolcraft College
Michigan

Dr. Tim Cook
Clackamas Community College
Oregon

Dr. Tod Farmer
Weatherford College
Texas

Dr. Kristie Fisher
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa

Dr. Dean Fisher
College of Southern Idaho
Idaho

Dr. Brent Gregory
East Central Community College
Mississippi

Dr. Ivan Harrell
Tacoma Community College
Washington

Dr. Michael Heindl
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Mississippi

Dr. Georj Lewis
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Georgia

Dr. Georgia Lorenz
Seminole State College of Florida
Florida

Dr. Gregory McLeod
Edgecombe Community College
North Carolina

Dr. Juan Mejia
Tyler Junior College
Texas

Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia
Miami Dade College
Florida

Dr. Nick Nissley
Northwestern Michigan College
Michigan

Dr. Craig Pouncey
Coastal Alabama Community College
Alabama

Dr. Lisa Rhine
Yavapai College
Arizona

Dr. Rey Rivera
Estrella Mountain Community College
Arizona

Dr. Patricia Rogers
Lake Superior College
Minnesota

Ms. Kate Smith
Rio Salado College
Arizona

Dr. Elliot Stern
Saddleback College
California

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