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College Vice President Selected as Distinguished College Administrator

CRANFORD – Union County College is proud to announce that Dr. Demond T. Hargrove, Vice President for Student Development, has been selected to receive the Phi Theta Kappa 2022 Distinguished College Administrator Award.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for students at two-year colleges. PTK membership is by invitation only, recognizing students with high academic achievement at associate degree-granting colleges. It has more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,500 chapters throughout 11 countries.

The members of Union’s Iota Xi Chapter of PTK nominated Dr. Hargrove for this prestigious award because of his outstanding support of student success. In uncertain times, Dr. Hargrove’s ability to foster growth, mentor students, and further develop their leadership skills are some of the reasons he was nominated.

“Dr. Hargrove is an outstanding leader, and we appreciate that PTK recognizes his contributions. He is a hands-on administrator who is always available to help students. He leads the Student Development Division with purpose and a laser focus on student success and outcomes,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.

Union’s Iota Xi Chapter of PTK is active with 250 to 300 members each year. Iota Xi is a Five Star Chapter and is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 of the 82 chapters in the Middle States Region. This year, Dr. Rama Lohani-Chase, Assistant Professor of Sociology, received the 2022 Distinguished Advisor Award and alumna Danielle Whyte received the 2022 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. PTK provides its members with opportunities to serve their community and a platform for developing leadership and research skills.

Dr. Demond T. Hargrove, Vice President for Student Development

“These college administrators are beloved on campus—they know students by name and by circumstance,” says PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Their nomination is evidence of the gratitude their PTK students feel for supporting them and students like them—even during the most difficult times.”

Dr. Hargrove will be honored and receive the award at PTK’s Annual Convention held in April in Denver, Colorado. There are only 28 recipients of this award nationwide.

PTK is just one way of getting involved on campus. The College offers a robust array of clubs and sports for every interest.