Twenty Receive Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction

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Jackson, MS – Twenty college presidents/campus CEOs  received 2012 Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction at Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention in Nashville, April 12-14.

College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving Board of Directors Chair and President Emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. Dr. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984.

The recipients of the Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction for 2012 are:


Dr. MaryLou Apple

Motlow State Community College

Lynchburg, Tennessee


Dr. Glenn Boyce

Holmes Community College

Goodman, Mississippi


Dr. Conway Jeffress

Schoolcraft College

Livonia, Michigan


Dr. Gail Carberry

Quinsigamond Community College

Worcester, Massachusetts


Dr. David Cole

Itawamba Community College

Fulton, Mississippi


Dr. Patricia Dolly

Oakland Community College

Auburn Hills, Michigan


Dr. Myrtle Dorsey

St. Louis Community College

St. Louis, Missouri


Dr. Richard Helton

Vincennes University

Vincennes, Indiana


Dr. Hal Higdon

Ozarks Technical Community College

Springfield, Missouri


Dr. Larry Lundblad

Central Lakes College

Brainerd, Minnesota


Dr. Gary McGaha

Atlanta Metropolitan College

Atlanta, Georgia


Dr. Judy Merritt

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama


Dr. James Walton

Centralia College

Centralia, Washington


Dr. Charles Mojock

Lake-Sumter Community College

Leesburg, Florida


Dr. Maureen Murphy

San Jacinto College

Houston, Texas


Dr. Shouan Pan

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona


Dr. Greg Rutherford

York Technical College

Rock Hill, South Carolina


Dr. Randall VanWagoner

Mohawk Valley

Community College

Utica, New York


Dr. John Walstrum

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington


Dr. Peter Mora

Atlantic Cape Community College

Mays Landing, New Jersey

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.