CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis receives 2017 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction

Apr 28, 2017 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Kurtinitis among 19 college presidents honored by Phi Theta Kappa

Baltimore, MD — Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis is a recipient of the 2017 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction awarded by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The announcement was made during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Nineteen college presidents and campus CEOs were selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving Board of Directors Chair and President Emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. Dr. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984.

Honored to be a recipient of the Shirley B. Gordon Award, President Kurtinitis has fully supported Phi Theta Kappa throughout her presidency and hails them for the work they do to acknowledge and grow student leaders.

“Phi Theta Kappa is a wonderful organization that recognizes as well as nurtures the intellectually bright students that attend our community colleges,” expressed Dr. Kurtinitis. “I fully support the organization and see first-hand the pride that CCBC students display when they earn membership.”

Phi Theta Kappa honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly three million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.


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