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SMCC President Earns Phi Theta Kappa’s Highest Honor

SMCC President Dr. Shari Olson has been named by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a winner of the 2019 Shirley B. Gordon Award – an award given 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.

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Dr. Olson will be honored during PTK Catalyst 2019, the Society’s annual convention, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.

The Shirley B. Gordon Award is Phi Theta Kappa’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. Recipients are nominated by students on their campus and are only eligible to receive the award once over the course of their career.

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.