Christina McIntyre of the Virginia Tech Honors College was recognized as a National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) fellow at the organization's 2023 National Conference in Chicago.

This distinction honors individuals who have dedicated substantial time and energy to advancing honors education and demonstrated exceptional leadership within the honors community.

McIntyre, director of professional development and national and international scholarships at the Honors College, has been a member of the organization since 2007. In 2022, she served as its president. The council has nearly 900 member institutions and several hundred individual members, impacting over 330,000 honors students.

“I am humbled and honored to be inducted as an NCHC fellow. Honors education pushes the boundaries and engages faculty and students at a unique level,” McIntyre said. “NCHC is a great group of colleagues from across the country and the world, and each conversation, conference, and experience sparks innovative ideas and insights.”

McIntyre considers her greatest professional achievement to be her involvement in Partners in the Parks, NCHC’s signature place-based learning program. Established through a Centennial Grant from the National Park Service, Partners in the Parks brings university honors students from partner institutions into the national parks for an experience that incorporates education, stewardship, and recreation.

McIntyre has led 10 of these projects, including forays into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, the capital region, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. In total, her projects have impacted 68 students from 39 colleges and universities.

McIntyre holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human nutrition, foods, and exercise from Virginia Tech. She has been with the Honors College since 2007 and oversees the university process for many national and international level awards and scholarships. McIntyre also serves as the faculty advisor for the Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech, a club dedicated to maintaining the Appalachian Trail.

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