Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo has been honored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with the Paragon Award for New Presidents. Murillo received the distinction because of her demonstrated support of student success and by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at Southwestern College.
“I am speechless, surprised and honored to receive this award from such a prestigious collegiate honor society,” Murillo said. “It’s so easy to support Phi Theta Kappa students at Southwestern College because of their strong commitment to their academics and the outstanding leadership they bring to our campus and our communities.”
Murillo was nominated by the students in Southwestern College’s own Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Pi Epsilon. The students praised Murillo’s commitment and support to the Alpha Pi Epsilon chapter and called her “a champion for Phi Theta Kappa.” Murillo often highlighted the chapter’s success and projects in her popular “Things to Know” column emailed to faculty and staff each day.
Murillo is among one of only 25 presidents in the country to receive the award, out of more than 500 eligible college presidents. Murillo will receive the award on April 4-6 at PTK Catalyst, the society’s annual convention, in Orlando, Florida.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. Southwestern College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa encourages academic excellence, transferring, scholarship opportunities and building leadership skills.