Midland College President, Dr. Damon Kennedy has received the Paragon Award for New
Presidents presented by the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the
International Honor Society for Community College students.
The award recognizes new college presidents for their outstanding support of student
success and for providing high-quality learning environments inside and outside the
classroom. Awardees are recognized for their active and direct interest in the leadership
development of Phi Theta Kappa students, including providing them with more opportunities
and vital pathways to degree completion and employment.
“These college presidents have students-first leadership styles and made it a priority
to support student success both inside and outside the classroom,” said Phi Theta
Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “This award is special because it
comes directly from the students, and it is evidence of the gratitude they feel for
the support for them and students like them.”
“Our chapter is very thankful for all of the support that Dr. Kennedy provides for
our chapter.” states Terry L. Gilmour, Ph.D., Advisor & District 1 Coordinator of
Phi Theta Kappa. “Even before he was selected as President of Midland College, he
has always been an advocate for academic excellence and appreciates and recognizes
the contributions to the Midland College community by students who are members of
our Phi Theta Kappa chapter. We are thrilled that he is receiving this very prestigious
Dr. Kennedy will be one of 24 college presidents to receive the award during the PKT
Catalyst 2024, the Society’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida in April.
About Phi Theta Kappa at Midland College:
Alpha Beta Phi at Midland College is one of almost 1,300 Phi Theta Kappa chapters
in 10 nations and has been recognized as a 5-Star Chapter for the past six years.