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7 College Presidents to Receive Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize seven retiring college presidents and chancellors with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during PTK Catalyst 2019, the Society’s annual convention, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.

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.

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida. The 2019 recipients are:  

Dr. John Avendano
President, Kankakee Community College
Illinois

Dr. Jean Conway
President Emeritus, Eastfield College
Texas

Dr. Kenneth Ender
President, Harper College
Illinois

Dr. Glen Gabert
President Emeritus, Hudson County Community College
New Jersey

Dr. Augusta Julian
President/CEO Emeritus, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Kentucky

Dr. T. Eston “Bud” Marchant
President, Central Carolina Community College
North Carolina

David Reist
President, Highland Community College
Kansas



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