President Earns National Honor Society’s Esteemed Gordon Award

Dr. Lawrence Rouse speaks from a podium with a blue PCC banner in the background.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College President Lawrence Rouse has been selected to receive Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society’s Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for being “a student success champion for all students.”

Named in memory of PTK’s longest-serving board of directors chair, the Gordon Award recognizes Rouse for “taking an active and direct interest in the leadership development” of PCC’s Phi Theta Kappa students, according to PTK President and CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner. She said the Gordon Award is PTK’s “most prestigious honor for community college presidents” and is particularly “special,” because it comes directly from Pitt students.

“While you were nominated for this award by the highest-achieving students on your campus, this award is really about your commitment to the success of all students,” Tincher-Ladner said. “They know you are working hard to provide them more opportunities and stronger pathways to completion, transfer and employment—they want to thank you for that.”

PTK is planning to present the Gordon Award to Rouse during PTK Catalyst 2024, the organization’s annual convention. This year’s event will take place April 4-6 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Last month, Rouse announced he would be retiring from PCC this summer to spend more time with family and close friends. His career in higher education spans more than 42 years, including the past six as PCC president.