2015-04-29 / Features

LAGCC President Recognized By Phi Theta Kappa


LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow was recognized by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at its National Convention. LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow was recognized by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at its National Convention. LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail O. Mellow was awarded the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas on April 17.

Recognized for her dedication and support of LaGuardia Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Mellow is one of 23 honorees for 2015.

“I’m honored to be recognized by Phi Theta Kappa and am especially grateful to LaGuardia’s stellar chapter members who nominated me for this award,” said Mellow. “Phi Theta Kappa not only promotes academic rigor and excellence at community colleges, but it pushes students to give back to their communities, creating our nation’s future leaders.”

College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for the Shirley B. Gordon 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, Washington. Dr. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984.

“This year, our chapter officers felt that it was time to recognize President Mellow for her unwavering support of our chapter,” said LaGuardia Professor Dr. Payal Doctor, advisor for Alpha Theta Phi, LaGuardia’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. “As the official head of our chapter, she inspires members at our induction ceremonies and enables the chapter to succeed in scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.”

In their nomination, LaGuardia’s chapter celebrated Mellow for encouraging and recognizing academic achievement on campus, providing support for inductions and award ceremonies, offering assistance for Honors in Action Projects, inviting the Phi Theta Kappa chapter president to join cabinet meetings and being an advocate for community colleges nationally.

“We appreciate all she does for our chapter,” said Dr. Doctor. “The nomination for this award was a small way of demonstrating our appreciation.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, US territorial possessions, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, and the United Arab Emirates. Nearly three million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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