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Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors has named Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner as President and CEO.

Phi Theta Kappa names CEO

Phi Theta Kappa’s Board of Directors has named Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner as President and CEO.

Tincher-Ladner replaces Dr. Rod Risley, who retired in 2015 after serving as the Society’s CEO for 31 years. She is the third CEO of Phi Theta Kappa in its 98 years. The late Dr. Margaret Mosal was the Society’s first Executive Director.

Tincher-Ladner joined the Phi Theta Kappa staff in 2012 as the Chief Information and Research Officer. She has served as the Interim Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa and as the Secretary and an ex-officio member of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors since April 2015.

Prior to joining the staff at Phi Theta Kappa, Tincher-Ladner served more than 20 years in higher education in instruction and information technology and was the Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She has consulted with colleges throughout the country on areas such as strategic planning, accreditation, economic impact and student advisement. Her work has been published in a variety of publications including the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Tincher-Ladner serves on the graduate faculty for the School of Education at Mississippi State University.

Tincher-Ladner holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Mississippi State University and both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is an honorary member of the Omicron Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has been recognized for her work in higher education by the League of Innovation, the Southern Association of Community College Research, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tincher-Ladner presents innovative research and insights on student success regularly at national conferences such as the American Association of Community Colleges, Achieving the Dream and the League for Innovation.

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations.


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