MCC President Presented Lifetime Achievement Award from International Honor Society

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Dr. Jonathan M. Daube
Manchester, Conn., - (April 23, 2008)… Dr. Jonathan M. Daube, president of Manchester Community College was recently awarded the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April.

Dr. Daube has been a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, has served as a visiting member of the editorial board of the Hartford Courant and was recently elected president of the board of directors of the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) Development Trust.

Originally from Great Britain, Dr. Daube moved to the United States in 1963, and became president of Manchester Community College in 1987.

Previously, he was president of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.; professor and director of Union Graduate School in Yellow Springs, Ohio; superintendent of schools in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; and an English teacher, both in Newton, Mass. and in England.

After more than twenty years of service to the greater Manchester community and higher education, Daube will retire as president after the 2007-08 academic year.

This year, nearly 500 chapters competed for the Society's most coveted awards. The Hallmark Awards Program is the Society's capstone awards competition annually recognizing excellence in programs that promote the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. Exceptional members, officers, advisors, college administrators and chapters are recognized annually at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention for their achievements. Complete lists of awards winners as well as award category descriptions are available at www.ptk.org/hallmarks/.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college, has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918. The organization comprises more than 1,250 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 of the United States, in Canada, Germany, U.S. Territories, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Palau and the British Virgin Islands, making it the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges. Membership is based primarily upon academic achievement. The organization offers a myriad of opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment and personal development through programs based on the Society's Hallmarks.

For more information about the awards ceremony, contact Brandi McNeil, director of Chapter Programs for Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, (601) 984-3524 or brandi.mcneil@ptk.org.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

News Item Posted On: April 23, 2008
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