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Rieves to Leave Post as Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa Foundation

Jackson, Mississippi – Dr. Nancy Rieves, Executive Director and CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, has announced her resignation, effective July 31, 2016, noting that she wants to pursue other opportunities that will keep her closer to her family.

“It has been an honor to have the opportunity to launch the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and secure funds for so many Phi Theta Kappa members whose lives have been touched by others willing and able to invest in them,” she said. “I am exceedingly grateful for a committed team of gifted, driven individuals who, since 2006, have helped secure over $16 million, almost $6 million dedicated to endowments.”

A former chapter advisor, Rieves joined the staff in 2006 to help establish the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. Since then a dedicated team has raised over $16 million in support of programs for advisors and members, including a nearly $3 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, more than $2.25 million to endow the Hites Transfer Scholarship, more than $2 million from the Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for scholarships, over $1 million from affinity programs, and $500,000 to endow the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.

“Nancy has been a great leader for the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, raising a tremendous amount of funds to provide scholarships and programs for our members and advisors,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “We will miss her but wish her all the best as she pursues other opportunities and spends time with her family.”

Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Financial Officer, Steve Mulhollen, will serve as interim executive director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation until a permanent replacement can be identified.

Rieves said she plans to spend the next two months assisting Phi Theta Kappa to transition responsibilities as they seek a new leader. An honorary member of the Beta Epsilon Psi Chapter at Mid-South Community College, she also intends to continue to be a part of the Athena Society and hopes to stay in touch with the many friends she has made through Phi Theta Kappa.

“I have great confidence in Phi Theta Kappa’s leadership and feel the organization will continue to move forward, serving community college students into the next century,” she said. “Phi Theta Kappa has been a huge part of my life and will always be with me.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

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