Two TCC Leaders to Receive PTK Lifetime Achievement Award

FORT WORTH, Texas — Two Tarrant County College leaders are among nine retiring presidents and chancellors selected recipients of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2024 Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award.

TCC Southeast President Bill Coppola, who retired this spring after a 12-year stint with the College, and District CFO Pamela Anglin will receive the awards in April at PTK’s annual convention in Orlando. Dr. Anglin joined TCC in October after almost 20 years as Paris Junior College president.

Recipients are nominated by their institution’s Phil Theta Kappa students.

“That’s the exciting part,” said Dr. Coppola, who has served PTK on state and national levels. “The award is totally based on student nominations.”

Dr. Anglin: “This award means a great deal to me because it’s from students. I chose this career because I wanted to make a difference and help students reach their potential. I treasure this award because it is an acknowledgement of my love for and dedication to community college students.”

In a letter to recipients, PTK President and CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner wrote, “I applaud you for having taken an active and direct interest in the leadership development of your Phi Theta Kappa students. They are so grateful, and it’s not just them. Your nomination is strong evidence that you are a success champion for all students.”

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 has more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

 Tarrant County College is one of the nation’s largest higher education institutions and boasts the second lowest tuition of Texas’ Top 10 community colleges. A comprehensive two-year college with six campuses in Tarrant County and online classes, TCC offers a range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees; workforce and economic development programs; technical and skilled trades programs; and customized training for area businesses and corporations.