MUSCATINE, Iowa ― Muscatine Community College (MCC) President, Dr. Naomi DeWinter will receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society during PTK Catalyst 2022, the Society’s annual convention in Denver, Colorado, April 7-9.
The Shirley B. Gordon Award is presented to college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high achieving students at their colleges. Recipients are nominated by students on their campus and are only eligible to receive the award once over the course of their career.
DeWinter was selected from among 617 college presidents and CEOs nationwide.
“I’m delighted and honored by this recognition from PTK, particularly because the nomination comes from our students―that’s the best aspect of it,” stated DeWinter: “A few years ago, I was awarded an honorary membership to PTK and thought that was great. This just tops that!”
DeWinter regularly meets with PTK leadership and students to coordinate service projects and introduce them to community needs. When she’s not helping in that capacity, she can be seen on campus attending PTK events, like invocations, helping to shine light on their work.
To DeWinter, PTK offers students a way to be connected to an international organization and begin to think beyond Muscatine and Iowa.
“Their service projects give them hands-on volunteer work and the leadership positions give them experience that they can use well after they graduate from here,” said DeWinter.
In addition to her title as President, DeWinter also serves as the district’s Vice Chancellor for Student Development. In this role, she works with key players to provide student support services to students. Most notably, she has helped disburse millions in Cares Act funds to students, pivoted to offer remote services during the pandemic and increased mental health support services to students.
The Shirley B. Gordon Award is PTK’s most prestigious award for community college presidents and is named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving Board of Directors Chair and a founder and long-time president of Highline Community College in Washington. In addition to DeWinter, the 2022 recipients are:
- Dr. Seth Carter, Colby Community College, Kansas
- Dr. Sunita (Sunny) Cooke, MiraCosta College, California
- Dr. Andrea Daniel, Athens Technical College, Georgia
- Dr. Para Jones, Stark State College, Ohio
- Dr. Brenda Kays. Kilgore College, Texas
- Dr. Belinda S. Miles. Westchester Community College, New York
- Dr. Juston Pate, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Kentucky
- Dr. Raymond Staats, Craven Community College, North Carolina
- Dr. Devin Stephenson, Northwest Florida State College, Florida
- Dr. Valmadge Towner, Coahoma Community College, Mississippi
- Dr. Kevin Trutna, Feather River College, California
- Dr. Jeanie Webb, Rose State College, Oklahoma
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