Clinton Community College Assistant to the President, Administration Karen Lueders has been selected as a Distinguished College Administrator by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Lueders is one of just 25 administrators nationwide selected for the award. She will be formally recognized during Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst 2019, the Society’s annual convention, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.
Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters in all 50 states and around the world. 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.
The Distinguished College Administrator Awards are presented to college vice presidents, deans, or directors serving at post-secondary institutions who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students. Recipients were nominated for the award by the students on their campus.
Clinton Community College President Karen Vickers commented, “This is such a well-deserved recognition. Karen has supported our PTK chapter and students by working with them to assure all arrangements are set for events, meetings, and attendance at conferences. Her attention to details and commitment to making sure our students' needs are met makes a huge difference. Karen is always focused on helping others.”
Karen Lueders always felt Clinton Community College provided great services to the community, and in 2012 when she was hired as the Assistant to the President - Administration, her feelings were confirmed. “CCC is a wonderful place to work,” said Lueders. “People here are like a family, putting the needs of our students first.”
Karen Lueders’ commitment to students is evident to others, including the Phi Theta Kappa organization. “I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” she commented.
Karen Lueders enjoys assisting students. In fact, her background is in helping others. Before joining CCC, Karen was Community Services Director for Community Action of Eastern Iowa, serving the agency for more than 20 years. In that role, she provided a variety of programs and services for low income individuals. At CCC, Lueders manages the college budgets, oversees the Business Office and Information Desk, and supervises the Maintenance and Facilities departments.
Karen’s involvement with Phi Theta Kappa includes the support of Alpha Theta Beta, the CCC 5-star chapter. She participates in the annual Holiday Cards for the Troops
campaign, and assists with the travel and hotel arrangements for students and advisors attending meetings and conferences. Lueders developed a campus-wide activity calendar to provide students, faculty and staff access to all campus events including Phi Theta Kappa events to encourage student engagement. She is responsible for the posting of activities and ensures PTK activities are included on the monitors and the calendar. Her partnership with the college foundation resulted in the Phi Theta Kappa Fund-A-Scholar program providing financial assistance for the PTK registration fee so that all qualified students could join the honors organization.
During her time at CCC, Lueders has completed professional development programs such as LINC (Leadership Institute for the New Century) and the QCPDN (Quad Cities Professional Development Network) Supervisory Track certification. She and husband Gary will celebrate 40 years of marriage in 2019. They have 2 children, Heather (Erik) and Ben, and 2 grandchildren, Maggie and Owen. Besides spending time with her family, Karen enjoys reading, gardening and traveling.
The CCC Phi Theta Beta Chapter has had other nominees recognized for having demonstrated a strong level of support for the honor program. Other Clinton Community College administrators to receive the Distinguished College Administrator award include Dean of the College Ron Serpliss who was recognized in 2014, Assistant to the President/Foundation Director Ann Eisenman who was recognized in 2015, and Dean of Student Services Lisa Miller who was recognized in 2018. CCC President Dr. Karen Vickers received the 2016 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa's longest-serving Board of Directors Chair and President Emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa's Most Distinguished College President in 1984.
The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at CCC has earned the Five Star designation, considered the highest achievement awarded by PTK. The designation puts the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action through five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional and international involvement. In addition to its annual honors ceremonies and related activities, the CCC chapter is involved in a number of community and charitable activities. Members also regularly attend regional and national PTK conferences. To earn admission to PTK, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. In addition to recognizing students for their accomplishment, it provides them an opportunity for personal development through programs based on four hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. Learn more at ptk.org.
For more about the Phi Theta Kappa program at Clinton Community College, contact the college at 563-244-7001.
Additional 2019 recipients are:
Dr. Paul Arcario, Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
LaGuardia Community College
Dr. Joan Barrett, Vice Chancellor,
Ozarks Technical Community College
Dr. Keith Berry, Dean, Academic Affairs
Hillsborough Community College
Dr. Jennifer Bradley, Executive Dean
Linda Calvert, Executive Director,
Northeast State Community College
Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President,
Forrest County Operations
Pearl River Community College
Dr. Wendy Elmore, Vice President, Instruction
Trinity Valley Community College
Sarah Gaffney, Vice President, Finance
Onondaga Community College
Jamil Graham, Assistant Director,
Student Life & Activities
Essex County College
Dr. Mike Hobbs, Vice President,
Jefferson State Community College
Brian Jones, Associate Vice President, Student Services
James Sprunt Community College
Dr. Todd Kitchen, Vice President,
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Dr. Tonya Lawrence, Academic Dean
Holmes Community College
Dr. Barbara McCarthy, Provost
Massasoit Community College
Darin Moeller, Executive Dean, Instruction
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Lori Oldham, Supervisor, Student Affairs
San Diego City College
Dr. Oberhiri “Loretta” Ovueraye, Dean, Academic Faculty
Miami Dade College
Melanie Pecord, Acting Vice President, Instructional Services
John A. Logan College
Oscar Ramos, Dean
Lone Star College
Dr. Norman Session, Campus Vice President
Hinds Community College
Dr. Franklyn Taylor, Vice President,
St. Louis Community College
Dr. Marjorie Welch, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Iowa Western Community College
Dr. Patricia Wilson, Vice President,
Calhoun Community College
Dr. Yolanda Wilson, Associate Vice President, Business, Computer, Arts, & Sciences Division
York Technical College