NCC President Dr. John Hartog Received the Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award for New Presidents

Northwest Iowa Community College President, Dr. John Hartog received the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) Paragon Award for New Presidents during the PTK Recognition Ceremony in Des Moines on February 27, 2023.

To be eligible for this award, college presidents and CEOs are new in their role having served less than three years. Recipients are nominated by students on their campus and are only eligible to receive the award once. The 28 recipients were selected from among 406 college presidents, chancellors, and CEOs eligible to receive this award nationwide.

The award recognizes college presidents who have shown support of student success initiatives leading to stronger pathways to completion, transfer, and employment. They have taken an active interest in supporting high-achieving students and developing student leaders on campus. “These college presidents have students-first leadership styles and made it a priority to support student success both inside and outside the classroom,” says Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “This award is special because it comes directly from the students, and it is evidence of the gratitude they feel for the support for them and students like them.”

“The staff and instructors at NCC deserve this honor; they really do,” said Dr. Hartog. “This award highlights everyone’s commitment to student success.”

The 2023 recipients are: Dr. Vincent Bowhay, Independence Community College, KS; Dr. Kimberly Britt, Phoenix College, AZ; Olivier Charles, Bishop State Community College, AL; Dr. Ronnie (Scott) Cook, Dyersburg State Community College, TN; Dr. Lisa Dresdner, Naugatuck Valley Community College, CT; Dr. Theresa Felder, Hartford Community College, MD; Dr. Felicia Ganther, Bucks County Community College, PA; Dr. Michael Gavin, Delta College, MI; Dr. John Hartog, Northwest Iowa Community College, IA; Dr. Jimmy Hodges, Calhoun Community College, AL; Tim Hood, Mid Michigan College, MI; Dr. David Johnson, Merritt College, CA; Dr. Brian Kelly, Clinton Community College, IA; Dr. Justin Lonon, Dallas College – Eastfield & Brookhaven Campuses, TX; Dr. Daniel Lopez, Harold Washington College, IL; Kim Lopez, Canada College, CA;
Dr. Daniel Lufkin, Tarrant County College, TX; Dr. Jennifer Methvin, Arkansas State University – Beebe Campus, AR; Dr. Paige Niehaus, Hillsborough Community College – Dale Mabry Campus, FL; Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Valencia College – Osceola Campus, FL; Dr. Steve Robinson, Lansing Community College, MI; Dr. Greg Schulz, Citrus College, CA; Dr. Vincent Solis, Brazosport College, TX; Dr. Howard Spearman, Rock Valley College, ID; Dr. Steven Vacik, Hinds Community College, MS; Dr. Christopher Villa, Skagit Valley College, WA; Dr. Jermaine Whirl, Augusta Technical College, GA; Lisa Willenberg, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, AR.

“At NCC, PTK provides an opportunity for students to embark on the pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship,” said Kevin Miller, NCC PTK Advisor. “Congratulations to Dr. Hartog on receiving this award, it is well deserved.”

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. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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Photo – L-R: Dr. John Hartog, NCC President; Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President & CEO of Phi Theta Kappa; Larry Hoekstra, NCC Board of Trustees Vice President