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Honor society names new board members

Ann McGee

Ann McGee

Diane Barrett

Diane Barrett

The Jackson-based Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has named four new members to the board of trustees for the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. The foundation was created to direct the society’s fundraising and development programs. New trustees include Dr. E. Ann McGee, Diane Barrett, J. Mark Davis and Ray Hites.

McGee has served as president of Seminole Community College in Florida since 1996. McGee graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College where she was inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She earned a B.A. in speech and M.A. in communications from Florida State University, as well as her Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Phi Theta Kappa honored her in 2005 with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, and she currently serves as the Phi Theta Kappa presidential ambassador for the Florida Region.

Barrett, vice president of education sales and services for USA Today, launched the national college Newspaper Readership Program initiative in 1999. She earned a B.S. in history and political science at Adelphi University. Barrett previously taught social studies and career education in New York and Pennsylvania public schools and also serves as president of the USA Today Charitable Foundation.

Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Ray Hites

Ray Hites

Davis serves as president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Davis is an alumnus of the University of Georgia, where he earned a B.B.A. in accounting. He went on to work for Price Waterhouse & Co. and eventually joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation as vice president of finance in 1987, when the program started. He was promoted to executive vice president in 1994, and then became president in 1998.

Hites serves as the president of the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and is the brother of Robert Hites, the late founder of the Hites Foundation. Ray Hites was the director of manufacturing and director of employee relations with IBM before retiring over 20 years ago. Since his retirement, he has been involved in The Landing, a real estate business, and served on the board of the Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, Ga.

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