CCC Dean of Student Services Lisa Miller Named Distinguished College Administrator

3/27/18

Lisa MillerClinton Community College Dean of Student Services Lisa Miller has been selected as a 2018 Distinguished College Administrator by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
 Miller is one of just 25 administrators nationwide selected for the award. She will be formally recognized during the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri in April.


Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters in all 50 states and around the world. 
The Distinguished College Administrator Award is given to college vice presidents, deans or leaders other than college presidents/CEOs serving in an administrative capacity who have demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa during their tenure. Nominees should have served in their position for at least five years.

“I am so pleased for the recognition of Lisa’s work at CCC," said Clinton Community College President Karen Vickers. "She is a talented and committed professional who serves as a strong advocate for our students. She promotes student involvement for all students and has provided leadership to assure there are opportunities for our students outside the classroom. Lisa puts our students first in all she does.”


Miller knew if she wanted to be successful in life, she needed a college education. She began her career as a clerical staff member in student life at Scott Community College in 1985 after graduating from that institution. A lifelong learner, Miller has continued furthering her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree from Iowa State University all the while advancing her career.

Miller joined CCC, one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, in 2009. She has spent most of her 33-year career in higher education in the student services division assisting students in being successful. In addition to her duties as Dean of Student Services, Lisa has held positions in advising, admissions, student life, international student intake, teaching and administrative responsibilities.

Miller sees retention as one of the challenges of a commuter community college. She has learned through the years that in order to retain students they need to be engaged in their education. Therefore, student involvement has always been a goal of hers when working with students.

At Clinton Community College, Miller is proud of the college’s strong Phi Theta Kappa chapter. PTK members have committed themselves to some great projects such as a bee pollinator garden, the little library, holiday cards and supplies to the troops, fundraisers for attending conferences, and support of their organization and their college. She finds it easy to be supportive and dedicated to this group of students and advisors.

The CCC Phi Theta Beta Chapter has had other nominees recognized for having demonstrated a strong level of support for the honor program. Other Clinton Community College administrators to receive the Distinguished College Administrator award include Dean of the College Ron Serpliss who was recognized in 2014, and Assistant to the President and Foundation Director Ann Eisenman who was recognized in 2015.

The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at CCC has earned the Five Star designation, considered the highest achievement awarded by PTK. The designation puts the mission of Phi Theta Kappa into action through five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional and international involvement.
In addition to its annual honors ceremonies and related activities, the CCC chapter is involved in a number of community and charitable activities.

Members also regularly attend regional and national PTK conferences.
To earn admission to PTK, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. In addition to recognizing students for their accomplishment, it provides them an opportunity for personal development through programs based on four hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.

For more about the Phi Theta Kappa program at Clinton Community College, contact the college at 563-244-7001.