Florida Student Appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors

Jackson, MS – Ebonee Carpenter, Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014-2015 International President and a student at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, has been elected to serve on Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors, Chairman Kip Johnson has announced.

2014-2015 International President Ebonee Carpenter

Carpenter will serve as the Student Representative to the Board of Directors through April of 2015. She will meet with the Board during the Annual Winter Meeting, to be held January 24 in Washington, D.C., and again in April 2015 during NerdNation, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention, to be held in San Antonio, Texas.

Carpenter was elected International President during the Society’s Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, in 2014. She has represented the Society during official events throughout the 2014-2015 academic year and will preside with her fellow officers over NerdNation 2015. She will deliver the keynote address during the second general session.

Carpenter is a Paralegal Studies major who had previously planned to attend law school. However, she has recently been inspired by her Phi Theta Kappa experience to consider pursuing degrees in sociology and organizational leadership. She is a past president of the Alpha Lambda Alpha Chapter at Hillsborough Community College and is currently serving as executive vice president. She is also a former member of the Florida Regional Executive Team.

Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, to parents in the United States Air Force, Carpenter’s family moved around a lot before finally settling in Warner Robins, Georgia. She is a non-traditional student and mother to a 12-year-old son.

Despite her many responsibilities, Carpenter has a variety of interests and hobbies. One of her favorite hobbies is singing – she began when she was just 3 years old. She enjoys watching television crime dramas, and she is interested in electronics. She volunteers with Keep Tampa Beautiful and as a guest teacher with Junior Achievement.

Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Rod A. Risley submitted Carpenter’s nomination to the Board based on recommendations of staff members working closely with the International Officers since last April.

“She has earned the respect of staff, regional coordinators, and fellow officers in carrying out the responsibilities of her elected office,” Risley said. “We feel certain that she will ably represent the membership during Board deliberations.”

Dr. Michael Odu, Carpenter’s chapter advisor, speaks highly of her leadership abilities and of her ability to inspire others. Mia Ramos-Shirley, Phi Theta Kappa’s Associate Director of Regional and Chapter Development for Division III, works closely with the International Officer team and echoed his sentiments.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Ebonee, witnessing her ability to lead effectively and inspire greatness in others,” she said. “Ebonee leads her fellow International Officers in such a way that allows each one to shine.

“She also serves as a role model to our many members of color. Several members have expressed their appreciation for having such a role model in a position of leadership.”

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, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 130,000 students inducted annually.

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