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Former College President Cary Israel Honored by Phi Theta Kappa

Former College President Cary A. IsraelApril 29, 2015 – Former Collin College President Cary A. Israel was honored with the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award at Phi Theta Kappa's 97th Annual Convention, Friday, April 17, in San Antonio.

The award is given to retiring college presidents, campus chief executive officers and state community college directors based on outstanding support provided to Phi Theta Kappa. PTK's local Alpha Mu Tau Chapter nominated Israel because of his years of encouragement and support of students. Phi Theta Kappa also inducted Israel into the Texas Regional Hall of Honor for Chief Executive Officers during the festivities.

"Dr. Israel's service to Phi Theta Kappa is just one example of Collin College's commitment to the students of this community," Collin College Board of Trustees Chair Mac Hendricks said. "His dedication was obvious to all of those who worked with him."

According to Alpha Mu Tau Chapter President Jen Dopson, Dr. Israel's consistent support for the student body was both scholastic and financial.

"Dr. Israel was the kind of president who took a genuine interest in students' academic and personal development," said Dopson. She noted that Israel has continued his involvement, even after his official retirement, by remaining in contact with some of the Alpha Mu Tau officer team and inquiring about the success of AMT's Honors in Action symposium and fall inductions.

Collin College serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.