Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) recently recognized Colby Community College President Dr. Seth Carter with the Paragon Award for New Presidents. Carter is one of just 25 presidents nationally to receive the distinction. More than 500 were eligible.

The awards are given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their college. Recipients were nominated for the award by the students on their campus.

“Our chapter officers approached me and asked if we could nominate Dr. Carter for the Paragon Award,” said Colby PTK advisor Daniel Blake. “We met that same day and started completing the nomination process. What was immediately clear is that Dr. Carter has a profound impact on students both on and off campus. Every officer was able to provide a personal story regarding Dr. Carter and the support he has provided to them."

According to the PTK website, students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research shows that strong presidential leadership and support of PTK increases member success and the depth of their college experience.

Dr. Carter will soon begin his fourth year as president at the college since arriving in March of 2015.