Hite Honored with Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Dr. Carl Hite, Former Cleveland State President, was recently honored with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa annual convention in Orlando, Florida.
Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to college presidents/campus CEOs at two-year or senior institutions and to state community college directors who are retiring and provided consistently outstanding support to Phi Theta Kappa chapters and advisors during their careers. They are named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida.
“Having been involved with PTK most of my professional career, I cannot think of an organization that does so much for students, college and communities,” stated Dr. Carl Hite, Former CSCC President. “I had the privilege of working with some of the best faculty and staff as well as some of the best students in higher education. To be considered for this award is a real honor for me. PTK is one of the best organizations I have ever been associated with, so this award means a lot to me.”
Guest speakers at the convention included Alison Levine and Dr. Robert Ballad. Levin is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She not only served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, but she also climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat which fewer than 40 people in the world have achieved.
Dr. Robert Ballad is an oceanographer best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, “The Unsinkable Ship,” in the Atlantic Ocean. He has also successfully tracked down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat PT-109.
About Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society:
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial posessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.
Former CSCC President Dr. Carl Hite recently received the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa annual convention in Orlando, FL. Pictured from left to right: Larry Burns PTK Advisor, Heavenly Rodriguez, Hailey Eakin, Hite, Lenzie Mabe, Jonathan Durichek, Jerem