The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards were established in 2012 and are open to League Alliance member institutions. Hodges, a 2013 recipient, said he was honored to receive such an award.
“It’s an absolute honor to be considered, especially since it’s coming from the leadership team here,” he said. “He (John Roueche) is by all accounts a national legend in the community college world, and to receive an award in his name is quite an honor.”
Hodges’ nomination for the award came from the vice president’s and president’s leadership team at PHCC. Dr. Kristen Westover, vice president of academic and student development, said Hodges fit the bill as someone who exemplifies educational leadership.
“Greg has integrity,” she said. “He has the respect of his peers and shows true servant leadership. I think this award was created to exemplify people who show those characteristics, and that’s something he consistently does every day.”
Westover said Hodges is someone she works with on a daily basis. She said the amount of support he receives from his division isn’t something a lot of people have.
“You don’t get that kind of support unless you have people who are willing to follow you,” she said. “Sometimes, I forget how blessed I am to have someone with that kind of integrity – someone who comes in everyday and is worried about getting the job done and doing the best job he can for students. He sets everything else aside and makes that his number one priority.”
Hodges has been employed by PHCC since 2004. He started as a faculty member in Early Childhood Education later becoming the assistant dean of arts and sciences before taking his current position as dean of academic success and college transfer.
He serves as PHCC’s coordinator for its Achieving the Dream initiative, coordinates SCALE (the Southern Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence), and he completed his Ph.D. in 2013. Hodges also serves as senior pastor of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Stanleytown, Va.
He will join other award recipients from across the country at the Innovations conference from March 2-5 in Anaheim, Calif., which also will include an awards reception to congratulate honorees for their excellence. Drs. John and Suanne Roueche will deliver the keynote address.
The League of Innovation in the Community College is an international organization that hosts conferences institutes, develops resources, conducts research and provides many other services for community colleges. The league has more than 800 member colleges and 160 corporate partners.