Dr. Carl Hite, Former Cleveland State President, was honored with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa annual convention in Orlando, Florida.
Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to college presidents/campus CEOs at two-year or senior institutions and to state community college directors who are retiring and provided consistently outstanding support to Phi Theta Kappa chapters and advisors during their careers. They are named in honor of the late Dr.
Michael Bennett, longtime president of St. Petersburg College in Florida.
“Having been involved with PTK most of my professional career, I cannot think of an organization that does so much for students, college and communities,” stated Dr. Carl Hite, Former CSCC president. “I had the privilege of working with some of the best faculty and staff as well as some of the best students in higher education. To be considered for this award is a real honor for me. PTK is one of the best organizations I have ever been associated with, so this award means a lot to me.”
Guest speakers at the convention included Alison Levine and Dr. Robert Ballad. Ms. Levin is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She not only served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, but she also climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat which fewer than 40 people in the world have achieved.
Dr. Robert Ballad is an oceanographer best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, “The Unsinkable Ship,” in the Atlantic Ocean. He has also successfully tracked down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat PT-109.