GHC President Mike Hobbs

GHC President Mike Hobbs chosen by students for national Paragon Award

President Mike Hobbs was nominated by the students at Georgia Highlands College (GHC) for the national Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) Paragon Award. He will receive the award during the PTK Catalyst 2024, the society’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla., this April.  

“Your nomination was strong evidence that you are a student success champion for all students,” PTK President and CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner stated in a congratulatory letter. “[Your students] know you are working hard to provide them more opportunities and stronger pathways to completion, transfer, and employment. They know you support their learning, and as a result, they have had a better college experience because of you.” 

The Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award for New Presidents recognizes college presidents who have shown support of student success initiatives leading to stronger pathways to completion, transfer and employment. They have taken an active interest in supporting high-achieving students and developing student leaders on campus.   

Recipients are nominated by students on their campus and are only eligible to receive the award once.   

“This award is special because it comes directly from the students, and it is evidence of the gratitude they feel for the support for them and students like them,” Tincher-Ladner said. 

This award also recognizes new college presidents for their outstanding support of student success and for providing high-quality learning environments both inside and outside the classroom. 

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 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at   

Georgia Highlands College is home to the Alpha Psi Omicron Chapter of PTK 

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