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Phi Theta Kappa Names Linder Texas Regional Coordinator

Phi Theta Kappa has appointed Mary Linder, a government and history professor at Grayson College in Denison, Texas, to serve as Texas Regional Coordinator.

She replaces Debbra Esparza, who left the post in October to join the Phi Theta Kappa staff.

Phi Theta Kappa's Regional Coordinators provide leadership and guidance for their respective regions and act as liaisons between advisors in their regions and Society Headquarters.

Linder has served as advisor to Grayson College’s Omicron Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa since 2009. Under her guidance, the chapter achieved Five Star status — the highest chapter rank in the organization — in 2010 and has since maintained the standards to keep that designation. In 2016, chapter member Elizabeth Taylor was elected as an International Officer and Omicron Psi was named first runner up to Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished Chapter in 2017.

A certified instructor in the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies Program, Linder has served as an Educational Forum presenter at PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention. She was also selected as a Faculty Scholar in 2016 and will complete her service at the end of this year.

An honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa, Linder currently serves as District II Coordinator for the Texas Region and is a member of the Texas Region Leadership team.

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 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Learn more at