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Dr. Everette Freeman Awarded Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction

by CCD Student & PTK Member Angela Martinez

Dr. Everette J. Freeman, president of Community College of Denver (CCD), was awarded the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for his commitment and dedication to CCD’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Mu Mu Honor Society.

Dr. Freeman, or “Everette” as he likes to be called, regularly attends meetings and shows support through his ongoing service and advocacy of the students involved with PTK. The Shirley B. Gordon Award is the most prestigious award given to college presidents by the Honor Society.

Dr. Freeman was not only nominated by the chapter for this distinction because of his involvement with PTK, but also for modeling the Society’s ideals of fellowship, leadership, service, and scholarship.

Last semester, Dr. Freeman was awarded an honorary “Stole of Gratitude” at the fall induction ceremony due to his continued enthusiasm for the success of the CCD student body and for his selfless service to the community. Everette is unceasingly working to improve the college experience at CCD and his door is always open to any student who wants to stop by his office. He invites students to come so he can get to know them and their goals, take a picture sitting in the president’s chair and to encourage them to strive to make their dreams come true.

“Supporting PTK is so easy because all of you are so darn smart,” said Everette. “It is proven that students who participate in extra-curricular activities like PTK are much more likely to succeed and complete college. Being involved in school clubs and organizations can help you gain experience and keep you connected to others on campus.”

Dr. Freeman joined the rest of Phi Theta Kappa members at the Centennial Catalyst Convention in Kansas City, Missouri to accept this award earlier this month.

About the Dr. Shirley B. Gordon Award

Dr. Shirley B. Gordon was 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.

About PTK

Phi Theta Kappa is beneficial because it gives students at two-year institutions recognition and opportunity for developing leadership, service, and academic excellence and also to provide additional access to scholarships for continued education. To become a member of this honor society you must

  • be enrolled in CCD,
  • have completed at least 12 hours of coursework,
  • maintain a 3.5 G.P.A.,
  • adhere to the moral standards of the society.

Learn more or join at CCD.edu/PTK.