Mike Dreith, Ed.D., associate provost at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, has been selected to receive a 2018 Distinguished College Administrator award by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges.
Dreith is among 27 college administrators chosen to receive this award, which will be presented at the society’s annual convention April 19-21 in Kansas City, Mo.
Each year, this award is bestowed upon college vice presidents, deans or directors who have demonstrated a strong level of support for PTK during their tenure.
According to Breana Houska, student president of STLCC-Wildwood’s PTK chapter, Dreith was nominated for this award because of his unwavering support of their work.
“Dr. Dreith has been an integral part to our success this year,” Houska said. “From securing funding for chapter events, to supporting our efforts to regain our five-star status, he always goes above and beyond to help the chapter and its members. We appreciate his partnership and value his leadership on campus.”
Dreith said he is honored to be recognized by PTK.
“As a career educator and community college graduate myself, I understand the transformational impact two-year colleges can have on a person’s life,” Dreith said. “Our PTK students did a tremendous job restoring Wildwood to a five-star chapter this year, and for that they should be very proud. I applaud them for their efforts and appreciate all they have done to showcase Wildwood’s chapter on campus and in the region.”
Dreith joined STLCC as the associate provost of the Wildwood campus in July 2016. He previously served as college president at three former institutions — John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill.; Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas; and Frontier Community College in Fairfield, Ill. He began his career at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill., where he taught radio, public speaking and humanities.
He holds two associate degrees from Lewis and Clark Community College, a bachelor’s degree in workforce education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a master’s degree in media communications from Webster University and a doctorate in higher education from Nova Southeastern University.
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.