Dr. Rod Risley to speak at Scott Community College commencement

Dr. Rod Risley
Dr. Rod Risley
Amanda Peterlin
Amanda Peterlin

Scott Community College, one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, is pleased to announce that Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, will serve as keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremonies.

The May 21 ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. at the River Center in downtown Davenport. Approximately 800 students will receive degrees, diplomas and certificates from the college this year.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the national honor society for all two-year colleges. As Executive Director of the organization, Dr. Risley has been a passionate advocate for community college students for more than 25 years.

In answer to President Barack Obama’s call to action to increase credentialing rates, Dr. Risley played a leading role in developing the Community College Completion Challenge and the Community College Completion Corps, and he has championed the cause of completion in addresses to national and international education conferences.

Dr. Risley is a contributor to national education journals and media, has served as a consultant to Federation for State Humanities Councils and is a past Chair of the Mississippi Humanities Council. He is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development.

Dr. Risley has been responsible for the development of the All-USA Community College Academic Team and numerous scholarships for students pursuing associate degrees and transferring for baccalaureate studies.

Two initiatives created through Dr. Risley‘s vision, the PTK Leadership Studies Program (funded by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant) and CollegeFish.org, a transfer planning platform, are available to all community college students.

His honors include the American Association of Community College’s National Leadership Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Risley is a graduate of San Jacinto College and Sam Houston State University. He holds an MBA from Millsaps College and a PhD in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University.

Also speaking at the college’s commencement will be graduating student Amanda Sue Peterlin, President of the Scott Community College PTK chapter. She was extremely active not only in the college’s chapter but also served as the PTK Iowa Regional Vice President.

Peterlin will be graduating with an Associate in Arts Degree. She intends to transfer to a four-year university in the fall and eventually become an art teacher