President Gail O. Mellow Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at National Convention

LongIsland City, NY—April 22, 2015—LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow was awarded the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas on April 17.

Recognized for her dedication and support of LaGuardia Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Mellow is one of 23 honorees for 2015.

“I’m honored to be recognized by Phi Theta Kappa and am especially grateful to LaGuardia’s stellar chapter members who nominated me for this award,” said Dr. Mellow. “Phi Theta Kappa not only promotes academic rigor and excellence at community colleges, but it pushes students to give back to their communities, creating our nation’s future leaders.”

College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for the Shirley B. Gordon 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. Dr. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984.

“This year, our chapter officers felt that it was time to recognize President Mellow for her unwavering support of our chapter,” said LaGuardia Professor Payal Doctor, advisor for Alpha Theta Phi, LaGuardia’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. “As the official head of our chapter, she inspires members at our induction ceremonies and enables the chapter to succeed in scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.”

In their nomination, LaGuardia’s chapter celebrated Dr. Mellow for encouraging and recognizing academic achievement on campus, providing support for inductions and award ceremonies, offering assistance for Honors in Action Projects, inviting the Phi Theta Kappa chapter president to join cabinet meetings and being an advocate for community colleges nationally.

“We appreciate all she does for our chapter,” said Dr. Doctor. “The nomination for this award was a small way of demonstrating our appreciation.”

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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.