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CCAC campus president to receive PTK Honor Society’s Paragon Award for New Presidents

CCAC Northwest Region President Dr. Evon WaltersPITTSBURGH—Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named CCAC Northwest Region President Dr. Evon Walters a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Paragon Award for New Presidents. He is one of 28 college or campus presidents who will be recognized during PTK Catalyst 2020, the honor society’s annual convention, in April. More than 500 were eligible to receive the award, which is given to new college or campus presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at their college. CCAC student chapter members and advisors nominated Dr. Walters, who is the only 2020 award recipient in Pennsylvania.

“I thank you, the committee, the students and the advisors for nominating and selecting me,” Walters wrote in response to the award letter from Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of PTK. “It is not only humbling, but it is truly an honor to receive this award. CCAC’s PTK students are unbelievably talented, and their advisors are passionately committed to them. That, indeed, is my inspiration for working with them.”

Walters provides leadership to and oversight of CCAC’s Allegheny Campus, North Campus, West Hills Center, Homewood-Brushton Center, Energy Innovation Center and the trade union facilities. In one example of his support for PTK, Walters collaborated with the college’s Alpha Mu Theta chapter of PTK on the Milton Hall Rotunda project, for which the college received a 2018 Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College under the title “Using Technology and Collaboration to Enhance Student Space and Student Engagement.” Through the renovation project, which student leaders helped to design, the Milton Hall Rotunda was transformed from an outdated space into a high-tech hub for students. On the nomination form, students stated that Dr. Walters supports members of the honor society through guidance and constructive criticism, promotion and encouragement.

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. CCAC’s four PTK chapters currently have a total of 228 members, with more students expected to join the honor society at an induction ceremony this spring.

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, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. More information about PTK can be found at ptk.org.

Group photo: Pictured are PTK Honor Society members with Dr. Evon Walters (at left) and CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock (second from the right) following the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Milton Hall Rotunda project.  
Headshot: Dr. Evon Walters, Northwest Region President, CCAC

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY (CCAC)

Since its founding in 1966, CCAC has flourished, becoming the educational powerhouse it is today—a nationally renowned two-year college dedicated to serving all members of the community. From groundbreaking student success initiatives to top-ranked academic and career-based programs, CCAC continues to be the college of choice for nearly one out of every three adults in Allegheny County.

Each year, more than 25,000 students enroll at CCAC, taking advantage of nearly 160 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs while thousands more access noncredit and workforce development courses. Comprising four campuses and four neighborhood centers as well as other off-site locations, including the Energy Innovation Center, CCAC is honored to have one of the largest veteran student populations in the state and takes pride in ranking among the nation’s top community colleges for the number of individuals graduating in nursing and the health-related professions.

CCAC graduates have transferred to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, have obtained the most academically challenging and competitive degrees, and can be found at leading companies, organizations and institutions throughout the country. CCAC alumni are actively engaged in every sector of society, providing leadership to scores of economic, scientific, civic and philanthropic entities both in the Pittsburgh region and around the world. Visit ccac.edu to learn more.