Dr. Jermaine Whirl will receive a Paragon Award for New Presidents from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


Posted on Mar 08, 2023 at 15:15 PM

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Dr. Jermaine Whirl will receive a Paragon Award for New
Presidents from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Dr. Jermaine Whirl, an African American male, smiles wearing a grey suit jacket over a black shirt with his hands steepled towards the camera in front of his abdomen.Augusta, GA - March 7, 2023

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize Dr. Jermaine Whirl, President of Augusta Technical College, with the Paragon Award for New Presidents during PTK Catalyst 2023, the Society’s annual convention in Columbus, Ohio.

To be eligible for this award, college presidents and CEOs are new in their role having served less than 3 years. Recipients are nominated by students on their campus and are only eligible to receive the award once. Dr. Whirl and 27 other college presidents being recognized were selected from among 406 college presidents, chancellors, and CEOs eligible to receive this award.

The award recognizes college presidents who have shown support of student success initiatives leading to stronger pathways to completion, transfer, and employment. They have taken an active interest in supporting high-achieving students and developing student leaders on campus. “These college presidents have students-first leadership styles and made it a priority to support student
success both inside and outside the classroom,” says Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, “This award is special because it comes directly from the students, and it is evidence of the gratitude they feel for the support for them and students like them.”

“I’m truly honored to receive this recognition that was voted on by our students. Having been a student inductee of Phi Theta Kappa years ago, this recognition comes full circle for me. Thus, it’s easy for me to support our students in their pursuit of academic excellence and service to our community,” said Dr. Jermaine Whirl.


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About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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About Augusta Technical College

Augusta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a public postsecondary institution that provides academic and technical education, customized business and industry training, continuing education, student support, economic development, and adult education services to its service area (Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties) at a competitive financial value. Associate of Science Degrees, Associate of Applied Science Degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit are provided through traditional and distance delivery methods. For more information, visit

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