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Published on June 24th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Midlands Technical College President and Honors Society Advisor Receive National Honors from Phi Theta Kappa

“Midlands Technical College President Dr. Marshall “Sonny” White, Jr. (r) receives Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.”

Midlands Technical College (MTC) president Dr. Marshall “Sonny” White, Jr., was among ten retiring college presidents/campus CEOs in the U.S. who were honored with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to retiring college presidents/campus CEOs at two-year or senior institutions and to state community college system directors who have provided consistently outstanding support to Phi Theta Kappa chapters and advisors during their careers. The awards are named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida.

Kitty Spires, MTC Phi Theta Kappa advisor, was one of thirty advisors in the country and abroad to receive the Distinguished Advisor Award from Phi Theta Kappa.

The Distinguished Advisor Award recognizes advisors who have served at least four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapter members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional, and/or international level of the organization. Awardees were selected by a panel of judges from over 75 nominees worldwide.

The Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Advisor Award were presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during their annual convention in Orlando, Florida, in April. At the convention, MTC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter received 11 other awards recognizing the work of the students and advisors. These awards included but were not limited to: Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Chapter Officer Team, Carolinas Region Super Stars, Carolinas Region Honors in Action Program, Carolinas Region Service Project, Phi Theta Kappa Five Star Chapter Plan, and the Phi Theta Kappa Horizon Award to co-advisor Wendy Samuel.

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year.

About Phi Theta Kappa at Midlands Technical College

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses across the U.S. and abroad. Midlands Technical College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Eta Kappa, was chartered in 1981, and has since inducted more than 3700 members. MTC’s Alpha Eta Kappa chapter has maintained the prestigious Five Star status from the international Phi Theta Kappa association since 2010.


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