For immediate release October 22, 2015

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Elects New Senators at its 44th Triennial Council

WASHINGTON, DC — The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the election of 13 Senators on October 9th at its 44th Triennial Council in Denver, Colorado. The Triennial Council is the legislative body of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest academic honor society founded December 5, 1776. The Council convenes every three years to carry out the business of the Society, including the election of Senators to fill the seats on the Phi Beta Kappa Senate.

Senators serve as 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 normal Senate term of office is six years.  Four people are returning to the Senate for a second term. Nine are new to the Phi Beta Kappa Senate.

The Society is pleased to welcome back returning Senators Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School; Jean Howard, Columbia University; Robert Koons, University of Texas at Austin; and Lynn Pasquerella, Mount Holyoke College. 

In addition, the Society extends a sincere welcome to nine new Senators—Christine Cano, representing Phi Beta Kappa’s East Central District; Susan Carlisle, Habif, Arogetti & Wynne in Atlanta; Esther Jones, Clark University; Vera Junkers, the Middle Atlantic District; Jeffrey Kovac, University of Tennessee; Amy Mulnix, Franklin & Marshall College; Eric Nye, the Western District; Suzie Park, Eastern Illinois University; and Calvin Van Niewaal, the North Central District.

“Phi Beta Kappa is very fortunate that these distinguished individuals are willing to volunteer their time to serve as Senators,” said John Churchill, Secretary of the Society. “Their skills and expertise will enhance those of our current Senators. They bring a variety of perspectives for assessing the best ways to advance the values of liberal arts and sciences education in America. I look forward to working with them.”


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, almost 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 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. For more information, visit