May 13, 2014


President Presented National Award of Distinction

The national Phi Theta Kappa honor society recently honored Northeast Alabama Community College President Dr. David Campbell with an Award of Distinction for his support and service to the local chapter at the college. The Award, named in honor of Shirley B. Gordon, was presented at the Phi Theta Kappa national conference held in Orlando, Florida. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters in all fifty American states and territories as well as eight other countries.

Campbell was chosen after having been nominated for the award by the Northeast Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Brad Fricks, NACC staff member and NACC Phi Theta Kappa chapter sponsor, stated, "Phi Theta Kappa and the other student organizations on campus are important avenues for student engagement and student success. The college is extremely lucky to have a president like Dr. Campbell who is so supportive of Phi Theta Kappa and all student activities on campus. It was our privilege to nominate him for this award, and the PTK officers and I are excited he was chosen."

Phi Theta Kappa, founded in 1918, recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students, provides opportunity for the development of student leadership and service, creates an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals, and stimulates interest in academic excellence. PTK offers many scholarship opportunities for students, including the Transfer Scholarship, Guistwhite Scholarships, the Frank Lanza Scholarship, Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarships, and the GEICO Business Student Scholarship. PTK is involved with many national educational projects, including the American Association of Community College's student retention and completion agenda. The NACC local chapter also provides transfer scholarship opportunities.

Dr. David Campbell

"I am honored to have received this award," Campbell stated. "Because they do such great work, PTK is an easy and very worthwhile campus organization to support. Our local chapter, Psi Epsilon, ranks among the best in the nation and members add a great richness to the educational atmosphere on campus. I am very proud of our chapter and the work the members do!"

Officers of the NACC chapter are Justin Miller, President; Alicia Bearden, Vice President of Leadership; Scott Ivey, Vice President of Scholarship; Dusty Trotman, Vice President of Fellowship; and John Clements, Vice President of Communication. All officers, along with sponsor Fricks, attended the national conference at which Dr. Campbell was honored. More than 4,000 students, sponsors, and supporters of Phi Theta Kappa attended the conference, which featured nationally known speakers on leadership.

For more information about PTK at Northeast, contact Fricks at phone extension 2330 or by email at

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