The University of New Mexico-Valencia Chancellor Alice Letteney, Ph.D., was recently named one of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
PTK, the national honor society of two-year institutions, will recognize Letteney along with six other retiring recipients at Catalyst 2022, the annual convention in Denver, Colo., in the first week of April.
The Bennett Lifetime award is given to retiring college presidents/chancellors who have shown support of student success initiatives during their collegiate endeavors.
“These college leaders have made student success a priority throughout their career,” said PTK President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Their nomination is evidence of the gratitude their PTK students feel for supporting them and students like them as they work toward completion, transfer and employment.”
Letteney, who was nominated by UNM-Valencia campus’ Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter, served on the PTK Advisory Board, and was previously honored with a PTK Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in 2015.
The Award of Distinction nationally recognizes college presidents who have taken an active interest in supporting high-achieving students and developing student leaders on campus, and based on outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of PTK.
“Dr. Letteney has always been concerned with the retention and completion (of degrees or certificates) of our students,” said Kaydra Townsend, PTK Chapter Advisor. “Dr. Letteney believes not only in students succeeding in the classroom, but out of it as well.”
After more than 27 years at the helm of UNM-Valencia, and on the heels of being honored with the PTK Lifetime Achievement Award, Letteney will be retiring at the end of July 2022.
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