For immediate release August 3, 2018

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Elects New Senators at 45th Triennial Council

WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2018 — At the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 45th Triennial Council in Boston, Massachusetts, delegates have elected ten Senators to the Society’s Senate.
Senators serve as a board of directors who guide the Society on policy matters that are carried out by the national office of Phi Beta Kappa and set the direction for the Society’s future. The term of office is six years. Nine are new to the Phi Beta Kappa Senate. One person is returning to the Senate for a second term.

The Society welcomes nine new Senators from a wide variety of institutions and fields. They are: 

  • Raj Chaudhury, Executive Director of the Innovation in Learning Center and USAonline at the University of South Alabama
  • John Harkless, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Howard University
  • Kathleen McGarry, Vice Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Steven J. Miller, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Williams College
  • Pamela Trotman Reid, President Emerita of the University of Saint Joseph and Senior Scholar at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University
  • Judith Shapiro, President and Professor of Anthropology Emerita at Barnard College, and Former President of The Teagle Foundation
  • Carol O’Donnell, Director of Finance for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, representing the New England District
  • Bernadine Barnes, Chair and Professor of Art History at Wake Forest University, representing the South Atlantic District
  • Jennifer Yates, Chair of the Classical Studies Department, Millsaps College, representing the South Central District
The Society welcomes back one Senator, appointed for a second term. He is:
  • John Pope, Contributing writer, | The Times-Picayune
“Phi Beta Kappa is fortunate to have such dedicated people who are willing to volunteer their time to serve as Senators,” said Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO of the Society. “They bring a variety of perspectives for advancing the values of liberal arts and sciences education and fostering free expression. Their skills and expertise will enhance those of our current Senators, and I look forward to working with them.”

About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded on Dec. 5, 1776, is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. 

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