Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize 10 retiring college presidents and chancellors with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during PTK Catalyst 2020, the Society’s annual convention, April 2-4 in the Greater Dallas Area in Texas.

These awards are given to retiring college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students over the course of their career. Recipients are nominated by the students on their campus.

Phi Theta Kappa students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research has shown that strong presidential leadership and support increases the success of their chapter and the depth of the member’s college experience.

Mid launched a PTK chapter in 1989. Over the past 31 years, Mid’s chapter has earned and maintained the highest level of achievement - a 5 Star Chapter.

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida. The 2020 recipients are:

  • Jill Board, Cerro Coso Community College, California
  • Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast Community College, Nebraska
  • Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, Jefferson College, Missouri
  • Dr. Christine Hammond, Mid Michigan College, Michigan
  • Dr. Bill Ingram, Durham Technical Community College, North Carolina
  • Dr. Dan Kinney, Iowa Western Community College, Iowa
  • Dr. Edwin Massey, Indian River State College, Florida
  • Dr. Gary McGaha, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Georgia
  • Dr. Katherine Persson, Lone Star College, Texas
  • Dr. Karen Vickers, Clinton Community College, Iowa

For more information about Mid’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, visit or contact Tammy Alvaro, Director of Student Advancement, at or (989) 386-6634.

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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