Joe Worth, Ph.D., vice president of student affairs at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, has been selected to receive an award from North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice for his efforts to promote social justice and racial harmony.
The award ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Paul F. Detrick Building Atrium at Christian Northeast Hospital.
Worth was born and raised in North County. His family moved from Berkeley, Mo., to Spanish Lake in 1975. A graduate of Rosary High School (now Trinity), Worth earned counseling and psychology degrees from Southeast Missouri State, Lindenwood and Saint Louis universities.
After college, he returned to North County to work with adjudicated youth housed with the Division of Youth Services on Bellefontaine Road. He credits his experience there as being transformative and further inspiring his desire to work with young adults.
In his 18-year career with St. Louis Community College, he has found great satisfaction in helping both traditional and non-tradition college students achieve academic success through the college’s mission of expanding minds and changing lives.
Worth has been recognized by the Board of Aldermen, Saint Louis University, St. Louis Community College and the Missouri Community College Association for his commitment to education and his community. He also was the 36th David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture Award recipient in 2011.