Motlow President Torrence appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Advisory Board

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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named Dr. Michael Torrence, president of Motlow State, to its Presidential Advisory Board.

Torrence joins 38 other college presidents from across the nation on the board and will provide input into the organization’s strategic plan, priorities, and direction. Advisory Board members advocate for Phi Theta Kappa, its members, and its mission; serve as liaisons between PTK headquarters and the college leaders in their states; and advise the Society’s Executive Director and other senior leaders.

Motlow sponsors the Alpha Xi Pi chapter of PTK, which features members from all campuses. Motlow’s PTK chapter is consistently recognized by the international PTK organization as outstanding, including being named one of the top 100 chapters in the world at the 2019 International PTK Catalyst event in April. In addition, the entire Motlow PTK advisor team was one of 16 teams selected out of 1300 chapters in the world for the International Distinguished Chapter Advisory Team Award.

Torrence’s addition to the PTK board could help influence programing and vision that support Motlow student learning opportunities. In addition, it can open new doors to valuable networking relationships for students and advisors.

Phi Theta Kappa goes beyond recognition to serve as a pathway to student success and completion by providing scholarships and opportunities to its members for individual growth and development — work that would not be possible without the support of college presidents like Torrence. The Presidential Advisory Board was established in 2015.

Torrence was seated as the seventh president of Motlow State in 2018. Under his leadership, Motlow continues to rank as the number one college in Tennessee in enrollment growth, retention, and graduation rates. He leads a student population of approximately 7,000 students across four campuses and two teaching sites, as well as a robust online college. To Torrence’s credit, Motlow is a forerunner in integrating emerging technology into its teaching and learning community.

In addition to the PTK appointment, Torrence is a member of the Western Governors University (WGU) Tennessee Advisory Board, Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Board, and Berkley College Online Advisory Board. Most recently, he received the GlobalMindED Inclusive Excellence Leaders Award in the Two-Year and Post-Graduate Higher Education category for his outstanding work and commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Torrence is a veteran in higher education administration and has more than 23 years as a faculty. He holds a Ph.D. from Tennessee Technological University, and he received both master’s and bachelor’s degrees at South Dakota State University.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Torrence served as a senior airman from 1992 to 1996.

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 11 nations. Learn more at

By joining Motlow PTK, members:

· May apply for more than $36 million in transfer scholarships, provided exclusively to Society members by more than 700 senior institutions

· Are eligible for nomination by their college for All-USA Academic Team competition

· Are automatically nominated for the National Dean's List, a publication of America's most outstanding college students

· Meet new friends and fellowship with people of similar interests and goals

· Receive recognition and esteem from higher education institutions as they transfer.

For information on joining the Motlow PTK chapter contact Robin Keel, at 931-393-1541 or