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President Allison Blakely, Vice President Judith Krug Take Office

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kelly Gerald

October 30, 2006

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The Phi Beta Kappa Society Elects New Officers 

, D.C. — The Phi Beta Kappa Society elected new officers at its 41st Triennial Council this month in Atlanta
. Allison Blakely is the new president and Judith Fingeret Krug is vice president. Both will serve three-year terms.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society with more than 500,000 members and chapters at 276 colleges and universities nationwide.

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.  

Blakely, a professor of European and comparative history at Boston University, past associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor emeritus at Howard University, has served on Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars Committee and as a senator at large since 1994. Blakely comments, “There has never been a time in Phi Beta Kappa’s history when its guiding principles celebrating the love of learning and excellence in the liberal arts and sciences have been more vital for American society than now.”

Krug, who also serves as the director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, regards her position with Phi Beta Kappa as a continuation of her work “to make information available and accessible for all.” “Excellence in education, one of Phi Beta Kappa’s goals, demands access to the full spectrum of information and ideas,” Krug said.  

John Churchill, secretary and chief executive officer of the Society, praised the election of Blakely and Krug. "These are two of our outstanding members," Churchill said, "and both have distinguished records of service to Phi Beta Kappa. I look forward to working with them as they bring their wisdom and experience to the leadership of the Society."

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.