Phi Theta Kappa CEO Honored with International Award

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Rod Risley, Executive Director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa, received the 2014 John E. Roueche & Terry O’Banion International Leadership Award at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Innovations conference in Boston, Massachusetts, March 8, 2015.

Rod Risley, Executive Director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa, received the 2014 John E. Roueche & Terry O’Banion International Leadership Award at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Innovations conference in Boston, Massachusetts, March 8, 2015.

This award is presented to outstanding individuals whose accomplishments and professional contributions to higher education and the community college field are recognized as motivational, inspirational, and transformational.

Dr. Risley is a graduate of San Jacinto College in Texas, where he was elected Phi Theta Kappa National President in 1974. He joined the Phi Theta Kappa staff headquartered in Canton, Mississippi, in 1977 as Director of Alumni Affairs and in 1985 was elected the Society’s only second Executive Director since its founding in 1918. There are currently over 1,285 chapters in the United States, U.S. Territories, and eight sovereign nations inducting more than 135,000 students annually. Nearly 2.5 million students have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, 70 percent of those during Risley’s tenure.

Gerardo de los Santos, President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, commended Risley for his outstanding work on behalf of community college students. “The growth of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society under Dr. Risley’s leadership has been extraordinary. We commend him for his dedication to the development of student leadership, service, and academic excellence.”

The John E. Roueche & Terry O’Banion International Leadership Award is presented annually at the Innovations conference. For more information about this international conference dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning, visit http://www.league.org/innovations.

About the League for Innovation in the Community College
The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops print and digital resources, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 800 member colleges, 160 corporate partners, and a host of other government and nonprofit agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. Information about the League and its activities is available at http://www.league.org.

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