44th Triennial Council Will Meet in Colorado: October 8-10, 2015
The Phi Beta Kappa Society's 44th Triennial Council will take place in Denver, Colorado, on October 8-10, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Denver. Society Executives and the Senate will join delegates from Phi Beta Kappa’s 283 chapters and more than 50 associations to discuss and decide on items from the chartering of new Phi Beta Kappa chapters to policies affecting the Society as a whole.
Phi Beta Kappa members are welcome to attend the Council lectures and events. At the Council registrants will:
- Engage with Phi Beta Kappa's academic and alumni membership.
- Meet with outstanding scholars and researchers.
- Attend lectures on a variety of topics in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Explore the Mile High City.
For more information contact Rhiana Quick or call (202) 745-3235.
Bulletin of the 43rd Triennial Council Meeting
The official record of the proceedings of our gathering in Palm Beach, Florida August 2-4, 2012 is now available on our website. The Council Bulletin is posted under Palm Beach, Florida below the Past Council Dates and Locations heading.
Members are able to view the minutes below under the Palm Beach, Florida bullet. In order to cut down on cost as well as to conserve paper, we are planning a limited print run and will only send a paper copy to each chapter and association on request. Please email the Coordinator of Administration if you would like a hard copy.
The legislative body of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the Council, which convenes every three years to transact business for the Society as a whole. The Council alone has the authority to charter new chapters. Delegates to the Council are the representatives of the Phi Beta Kappa chapters and associations. They are elected for a term of three years, with each chapter electing up to three delegates and each association (with 25 or more members) electing one delegate. Associations of 200 or more members may elect two delegates.
The first eight triennial Councils (1883-1904) met at Saratoga Springs in New York. Since then, it has been the custom to meet successively in different regions of the country. For many years, the Councils were convened on the campuses of colleges or universities with chapters. More recently, Council meetings have taken place off-campus in cities with one or more chapters or associations.
Recent Council Dates and Locations
- 2012 Palm Beach, Florida
- 2009 Austin, Texas (Flash Version of the Council Bulletin)
- 2006 Atlanta, Georgia
- 2003 Seattle, Washington
- 2000 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 1997 Chicago, Illinois
- 1994 San Francisco, California
- 1991 Washington, D.C.
- 1988 San Antonio, Texas
- 1985 Baltimore, Maryland
- 1982 Boston, Massachusetts
- 1979 New Orleans, Louisiana
- 1976 Williamsburg, Virginia