PTK recognizes President Serrata with distinction award

April 9, 2019


Phi Theta Kappa recognized EPCC President with a national distinction award during the PTK Catalyst 2019, the society’s annual convention. EPCC Phi Theta Kappa students nominated the president for this distinction.


“It is an honor to be recognized for supporting student success, it is even more meaningful to be nominated by students,” Dr. William Serrate, EPCC President said.


“Ensuring students have the support to enter college, graduate and achieve their dreams is our focus at EPCC.”


This important recognition is given to college presidents who have shown strong support of student success on their campus by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and services among high- achieving students at their colleges. Students nominate recipients and presidents are only eligible to receive the award once over the course of their career. 



(L-R) EPCC President Dr. William Serrata, PTK and EPCC alumna Virginia "Frenchie" Bisiaux, PTK president Rachel Williams, Alex Martinez and PTK faculty advisor Dr. Andrea Perez.


“He’s so inspirational, everything he does, he’s always leading by example and he’s always very supportive,” EPCC student and Phi Theta Kappa President Rachel Williams said. 


Named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest-serving Board of Directors Chair and a founder and long-time president of Highline Community College in Washington, The Shirley B. Gordon Award is Phi Theta Kappa’s most prestigious award for community college presidents.


According to, the mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. 


Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society that recognizes the achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges. More than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations make up the Society. 



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