Motlow State President Dr. Michael Torrence to receive PTK Paragon Award

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Dr. Michael Torrence, president of Motlow State Community College, is one of 25 two-year college presidents nationwide to be selected to receive the Paragon Award for New Presidents.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize the college presidents with the Paragon Award during PTK Catalyst 2019, the Society’s annual convention, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.

These awards are given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their college. Recipients were nominated for the award by the students on their campus. Dr. Torrence took over as president at Motlow in May 2018.

As a college president, I actively watch for opportunities to affirm students and encourage them to build on early successes to achieve greater and greater things.
— Dr. Michael Torrence, Motlow president

“As a college president, I actively watch for opportunities to affirm students and encourage them to build on early successes to achieve greater and greater things,” said Torrence. “For PTK, the nation’s flagship student honors association to pause to recognize me is quite humbling. The voice of students is so important to me. To receive their affirmation for my own work means more than words can express.”

Motlow sponsors the Alpha Xi Pi chapter of PTK and includes students from all four campuses. Among the benefits of joining PTK are scholarship opportunities, the wearing of the Society’s golden monogrammed Honors Stole and Tassel at college commencement, and eligibility for nomination for the All-USA Academic Team competition.

PTK students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research has shown that strong presidential leadership and support of PTK increases member success and the depth of their college experience.

More than 500 college presidents were eligible to receive this award. 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. Learn more at ptk.org.