Middle States Regional Coordinator Appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors

Jackson, MS – Patricia (Pattie) Van Atter, Coordinator of Instructional and Support Services at Delaware Technical Community College, who serves as Phi Theta Kappa’s Middle States Regional Coordinator, has been appointed to serve on the Society’s Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2015.

The term of Ohio Regional Coordinator Cindy Carbone, who served as the Regional Coordinator Representative on the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors, expired on July 31. Carbone, who began serving as Ohio Regional Coordinator in 2003, was appointed to the Board in 2012 to fill the unexpired term of the late Texas Regional Coordinator Dr. Mary Hood, which she served until she was elected to a full three-year term.

In August of last year, Carbone accepted a position at Oakland Community College in Michigan, where she now serves as Dean of English and Communications. Because her new position required her to leave the state, Cindy began the process of transitioning out of her role as Ohio Regional Coordinator by serving as Senior Regional Coordinator through July 31.

Phi Theta Kappa’s Constitution and Board guidelines direct Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director and CEO to recommend to the Board a Regional Coordinator to serve the unexpired term, from August 2015 to April 2016. After consulting with staff members who work closely with the Society’s Regional Coordinators, Interim Executive Director Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner nominated Van Atter to fill the position.

Van Atter received the 2013 Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award, which is presented annually to an alumnus in recognition of his or her support of Phi Theta Kappa on the local, regional and international levels.

She was inducted into the Alpha Psi Pi Chapter at Gloucester County College in New Jersey in 1998. Van Atter served as a chapter officer, was named a member of the All-New Jersey Academic Team and won her college’s President’s Medallion for Service and Leadership. She attended Temple University on a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and completed a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Special Education and Elementary Education.

A charter member of the award-winning Middle States Regional Alumni Association, she served as president in 2003-2004. Van Atter was elected to the Society’s Alumni Advisory Council for a one-year term and was later appointed by Phi Theta Kappa’s CEO to a three-year term. Just as her term serving as AAC Chair ended in 2012, she was named Middle States Regional Coordinator.

“The most rewarding experience for me has been witnessing the continued success of our members,” Van Atter said. “Assisting others to change consequences into opportunities has been my way of giving back, and that is what motivates me to continue my journey.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 130,000 students inducted annually.

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