Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary

Frederick M. Lawrence is Secretary of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa has chapters on 286 college and university campuses and well over a half-million living members. Its mission is to advocate and recognize excellence in the study of the liberal arts and sciences. Lawrence takes the post of Secretary on August 1, 2016, at which time he will become the Society's chief executive officer and the head of its national office. 

Lawrence is a Phi Beta Kappa member inducted at Williams College and a Yale Law school graduate.  He has spent much of his career at institutions committed to providing students with a solid foundation in the arts and sciences. His body of work also reflects a lifetime of advocating for the arts and sciences, civil liberties and human rights, both nationally and internationally.

Prior to his current position as Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, he served as President and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University. While there he ensured the future of the Rose Art Museum, a premier university-based museum of contemporary art; raised over $250 million in support of a wide range of programs, including financial aid; and oversaw a dramatic increase in the number of applications which reached an all-time high during his administration. 

Lawrence previously served as Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School and on the faculty of the Boston University School of Law, where he received Boston University’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has written extensively, lectured internationally, and testified before Congress on bias crimes and freedom of expression. He is the author of “Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law,” published by Harvard University Press.

Lawrence frequently contributes op-eds to various news sources, such as the Boston Globe, MSNBC Online, and Huffington Post. Prior to his academic career, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as Chief of that office's Civil Rights Unit.


Ronaleen Roha, Associate Secretary

Ronaleen "Ronnie" Roha is the associate secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and has acted in this capacity since 2012. As associate secretary, Roha provides direct oversight to the central dimensions of the Society's operations and supports the work of the secretary to advance the mission of the society. 

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Roha earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She continued her education by earning a J.D. degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School. Following law school, she took “an indirect path to something unexpected,” and started writing a legal column for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. She spent the majority of her career working as an associate editor for the magazine.  

Roha looks forward to continuing her work at Phi Beta Kappa. She is particularly excited by the work of the National Arts & Sciences Initiative, and by the continued success of the awards programs, Visiting Scholar program, and Phi Beta Kappa publications.

A long-time resident of Washington, DC, Roha is an avid Nationals baseball fan. She is married to Tom Roha, and they have two children, Kristin and Matthew. 

Catherine White Berheide, President

Catherine White Berheide is a professor of sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. A member of the ΦBK Senate since 2000, she has worked to advance the ideals of the Society on her campus and in her community as a past president and vice president of the Phi of New York chapter at Skidmore. As a senator, she has guided some of the organization's most vital national committees, serving as a member of the Awards Committee, chair of the Committee on Qualifications, and co-chair for the Task Force on Stipulations. She became a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Beloit College. 

In addition to her work for ΦBK, Berheide has served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and as Director of Women’s Studies at Skidmore. The author of four books and over 50 scholarly articles on work, gender, and undergraduate education, Berheide has been twice named a Carnegie Scholar and she served as the secretary of the American Sociological Association from 2010-2013. In 2003 she received the Hans O. Mauksch Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Teaching and Learning for distinguished contributions to undergraduate education.

Lynn Pasquerella, Vice President

Lynn Pasquerella, President-elect of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, is the outgoing President of Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Massachusetts.  She has a long and valued history with Phi Beta Kappa, beginning with her induction into the Society as a student at Mount Holyoke College, and continuing over the years since in a variety of roles. She has been a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate, the Society’s board of directors, since 2008, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Senate since 2010.  She has also been involved with a number of other Senate committees and collaborations with colleague educational organizations. 

In addition to her work for ΦBK, her current regional and national service includes membership on a number of boards including those of the Council of Independent Colleges, the Division III President’s Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Women’s Education Worldwide, Inc., the Consortium of Financing Higher Education, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts.  



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