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President Hobbs nominated for Paragon Award at PTK Catalyst

GHC President Mike Hobbs was recently selected as one of 24 recipients nationwide for the PTK Paragon Award.

“The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Paragon Award for New Presidents is an award that recognizes new college presidents for their outstanding support of student success and for providing high-quality learning environments both inside and outside the classroom,” PTK Lead Advisor and Associate Regional Coordinator Karen Huggins said.

Hobbs’ approach to education closely aligns with the ideals of the award, as he has long believed that alongside academic accomplishments, the experiences that take place in higher education “maximize your abilities in the real world.”

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Hobbs eagerly awaits PTK Catalyst Conference award ceremony, likening it to the Oscars of student affairs.

Uniquely set apart, this award requires nominees to be selected by students. “Our PTK chapter [Alpha Psi Omicron] was thrilled to be able to nominate Hobbs for this prestigious award, and we are overjoyed that he won,” Huggins said.

“It’s amazing. I’m both honored and humbled. The opportunity to work with students and assist them in achieving their success means a lot to me—it’s what drives me forward. This truly is my dream job,” Hobbs said.

Receiving this award is a collective victory for the entire college, spotlighting Hobbs’ leadership alongside the shared commitment and dedication of faculty and staff to fostering an environment where students are encouraged to achieve excellence academically and grow professionally.

Hobbs expressed that he is “in awe” of Huggins’ effort to get to know students and acknowledged her commitment to fostering student development.

“Karen does an amazing job and loves our students as much as I do,” Hobbs said.

In anticipation of the award ceremony at the PTK Catalyst Conference this April, with thousands expected in attendance, Hobbs shared his excitement, describing it as the “Oscars of student affairs and student enrichment.”

“President Hobbs is an amazing supporter of PTK, and his passion and support for all students here at GHC is extraordinary and so appreciated,” Huggins said. “We are excited and looking forward to watching him receive this award.”

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Abigail Henderson, Features Editor
Political science major, Abigail Henderson, is a steadfast, conscientious individual. She intends to strive towards the pursuit of justice as an attorney and looks forward to enacting social change within the realm of politics. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Finley in her free time.

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