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Patricia Slade said it was an emotional moment when she received the good news from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. The Associate Dean of Student Life & Development at Essex County College is one of 26 administrators nation-wide, and the only one from New Jersey, who will receive one of the Distinguished College Administrator Awards at PTK Catalyst 2020, the Society’s annual convention.
“I certainly didn’t expect to receive this award; it’s such a great honor,” said Dean Slade, a resident of Union Townships. She said it’s even more of an honor because she was nominated by students from the College’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of the Honor Society. “I don’t expect accolades; the students are my purpose for being here.”
The Distinguished College Administrator Awards are presented to college vice presidents, deans, or directors serving at post-secondary institutions who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students.
The convention is set for April 2-4 in Dallas, Texas.
“We are all very proud of Dean Slade,” said Essex County College’s President, Dr. Anthony E. Munroe. “She has been a strong advocate for our students and this recognition from Phi Theta Kappa is very well deserved,” he added.
“This award is a very high honor in recognition of Dean Slade’s years of dedication to the students of Essex County College,” said Dr. Keith Kirkland, Dean of Student Affairs. “She certainly deserves this.”
Dean Slade said she helps student with financial and Student Life support. She also supports the many projects and programs the Chapter sponsors each semester. “The students have done so many wonderful programs over the years,” she added. Some of these included highlighting the horrors of human trafficking and child abuse, to the College Completion Project which the state has adopted as its model.
The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.