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Four New ΦBK Chapters Awarded at Austin Council


For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Gerald
Oct. 3, 2009
Phone: (202) 745-3239

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The Phi Beta Kappa Society has voted to establish four new chapters. The decision was made late yesterday afternoon at the Society’s 42nd Triennial Council in Austin, Tex.

The new chapters are at the following institutions: Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.; The College of Saint Benedict – Saint John’s University, St. Joseph, Minn.; Elon University, Elon, N.C.; and James MadisonUniversity, Harrisonburg, Va.  

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society and has more than 500,000 members. The addition of four new chapters will bring the total number of chapters to 280 nationwide.  

John Churchill, secretary and chief executive officer of the Society, said, “Phi Beta Kappa exists to honor students and to advocate for the liberal arts and sciences both on campus and in the broader world.

“With the establishment of these chapters, we acknowledge the accomplishments of these institutions in the field of liberal education, and we look forward to a lively partnership in advancing that cause.”

The founding members of each new chapter will organize the official chapter installation and first initiation ceremonies for new members at their institutions in the coming months.

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.  

Phi Beta Kappa stands for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, the pursuit of wisdom, and the application of the fruits of scholarship and research in practical life. We champion these values in the confidence that a world influenced by them will be a more just and peaceful world.  

Love of learning is the guide of life.