Alabama College President Funds New Advisor Leadership Scholarship

Jackson, MississippiDr. Andrea Mayfield, President of Shelton State Community College in Alabama, was looking for a way she could make a difference for Phi Theta Kappa and found a way to do just that – by creating the Advisor Leadership Development Scholarship.

Pictured from left to right are Karri Chaney, Dr. Rod Risley, Dr. Andrea Mayfield, scholarship recipient Cassandra Powell, Monika Byrd and Dr. Nancy Rieves.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Rod Risley, 2015 Parnell Scholar Mitch Stimers and Susan Edwards.

Funded by Mayfield, the new scholarship recognizes the leadership accomplishments of Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley while benefiting the Society’s acclaimed Faculty Scholar Program.

Each year 28 Phi Theta Kappa advisors are selected by application to attend the Faculty Scholar Conference and serve as seminar group leaders for Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute. The 2015 Honors Institute will be held at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque June 15-20.

The Advisor Leadership Development Scholarship will be awarded annually to the advisor with the strongest Faculty Scholar application who has not been previously certified in the Leadership Development Studies Program and who is not eligible for the Parnell Scholarship. The scholarship covers full tuition costs for an Instructor Certification Seminar during the present year or the next year – a value of more than $1,600.

During the Faculty Scholar Conference, held at the Center for Excellence January 29-31, first-time Faculty Scholar Cassandra Powell, a linguistics and English professor at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois, was announced as the first recipient of the scholarship.

The scholarship was presented by Mayfield and Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning.

Mayfield knows the benefits of the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies Program first-hand – she became a certified instructor in 2002, and Kevin Windham, advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Shelton State, is also a certified instructor.

A former Vice President at East Mississippi Community College, Mayfield earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Mississippi State University, where she was a colleague of Risley. As a longtime advocate of Phi Theta Kappa, Mayfield said she has watched the organization thrive and positively impact the lives of students thanks to Risley’s leadership.

“Dr. Risley has dedicated his life to Phi Theta Kappa to make a difference in the lives of others. His servant leadership and his passion for supporting success in others should be recognized,” Mayfield said. “This scholarship in Dr. Risley’s honor will be used to develop leaders necessary to continue his vision of success.

“Dr. Risley is unmatched in his commitment and support for developing the next generation of leaders.”

During the Faculty Scholar Conference, Risley and Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Honors Programs, also presented Mitch Stimers with the Parnell Scholarship. Given in honor of former American Association of Community Colleges President and Phi Theta Kappa Board Member Dr. Dale Parnell, the scholarship covers registration expenses for a Faculty Scholar who has not previously attended NerdNation, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.

A first-time Faculty Scholar, Stimers serves as a geography/geoscience professor at Cloud County Community College in Kansas.

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 possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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