Jackson, MS – Retiring Butte College President Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg will be honored with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention in Seattle April 7-9, 2011. A total of seven college administrators will be recognized for providing many years of committed service to Phi Theta Kappa—the international honor society for two year colleges-- and their campus chapters.
Named in honor of the former president of St. Petersburg College in Florida, Dr. Michael Bennett, this award is presented to retiring college administrators for their exemplary dedication to Phi Theta Kappa while promoting the goals and ideals of the Society. The selected administrators have also proven to be commendable supporters of their college's Phi Theta Kappa campus chapters and Phi Theta Kappa regions.
The 2011 Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are:
Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg
Dr. Tom Burke
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Dr. Allen Edwards
Pellissippi State Community College
Dr. Stephen Kinslow
Austin Community College
Marilyn K. McGahan
North Platte Community College
Mr. Lawrence Miller
Delaware Technical & Community College
Dr. Stuart Steiner
Genesee Community College
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, 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 125,000 students inducted annually.