7 College Presidents to Receive Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards

published February 6, 20197 College Presidents to Receive Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards

Jackson, Mississippi — Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize seven retiring college presidents and chancellors with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during PTK Catalyst 2019, the Society’s annual convention, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.


These awards are given to retiring college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students over the course of their career. Recipients are nominated by the students on their campus.


Phi Theta Kappa students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research has shown that strong presidential leadership and support increases the success of their chapter and the depth of the member’s college experience.


The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida. The 2019 recipients are:  



Dr. John Avendano

President, Kankakee Community College



Dr. Jean Conway

President Emeritus, Eastfield College



Dr. Kenneth Ender

President, Harper College



Dr. Glen Gabert

President, Hudson County Community College

New Jersey
Dr. Augusta Julian

President/CEO, Bluegrass Community and Technical College



Dr. T. Eston “Bud” Marchant

President, Central Carolina Community College

North Carolina


David Reist

President, Highland Community College



Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

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