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OTC’s Steve Fritts Appointed To Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Council

OTC’s Steve Fritts appointed to Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Council

Ozark Technical Community College instructor Steve Fritts was appointed by the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (PTK) to serve on its Honors Program Council. In this role, Fritts will help direct PTK’s honors programming for the next four years. Fritts was one of five college faculty members chosen internationally to serve on the council.

Each appointed member will represent a specific discipline on the council. The new Honors Program Council members are as follows:

  • Dr. Rosie Banks, Humanities Representative,
    Harold Washington College, Illinois
  • Steve Fritts, Leadership Development Representative
    Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri
  • Rahul Kane, STEM Representative
    Century College, Minnesota
  • Dr. Terri Smith Ruckel, Humanities Representative
    Pearl River Community College-Forrest County Center, Mississippi
  • Dr. Mitch Stimers, STEM Representative
    Cloud County Community College, Kansas

The Honors Program Council is composed of Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors and consultants. The group selects the Society’s Honors Study Topic, an interdisciplinary focus used by chapters and colleges as the basis for honors study in discussions, courses, seminars, and Honors in Action Projects.

The Council helps plan Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute, a week-long summer conference focusing on the Honors Study Topic, and the Faculty Scholar Conference to train Honors Institute small-group leaders. Council members also serve on the Editorial Board of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research.

“We are privileged to have these five advisors as members of our Honors Program Council,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Their vast teaching and administrative experience will be invaluable to the Council in developing and exploring future Honors Study Topics. We welcome their expertise as dedicated Phi Theta Kappa advisors and as highly respected members of their colleges.”

About Phi Theta Kappa

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 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at

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