Join The Secretary's Circle

The Phi Beta Kappa Society invites its most generous and loyal members to take part in a distinctive opportunity within the Society. The Secretary’s Circle comprises Phi Beta Kappa Society members who make a commitment to give an annual gift of $1,776 or more in support of the goals of the Society.

Your Impact:

Your gift maintains our voice in national conversations, on behalf of the value of the liberal arts and sciences, and in support of free expression on college campuses.

Your investment strengthens our National Arts and Sciences Initiative, helping us lead efforts to protect funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the Society's signature legislative achievement.

Your contribution promotes the work of outstanding scholars through our Visiting Scholars Program, supporting lectures and student-focused seminars at more than 100 campuses each year.

Your support makes possible new initiatives like Key Connections, fostering a cohort of young ΦBK leaders through networking and mentoring across ΦBK generations.

Your generosity sustains the tradition of excellence in our publication for alumni, The Key Reporter, and our award-winning magazine, The American Scholar.

Your donation helps us recognize academic excellence by identifying and inducting the brightest students across the nation.

Your gift positions the national office staff as a connecting point for sharing resources, promoting best practices, and offering guidance to over 290 chapters and nearly 50 associations at the heart of ΦBK.

Meet the 10th Secretary of
Phi Beta Kappa


Frederick M. Lawrence is the 10th Secretary/CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression, bias crimes, and higher education law. In leading ΦBK, he has focused on advocacy for the arts, humanities and sciences, and invigorating the Society’s 293 chapters and nearly 50 alumni associations. Learn More.

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"ΦΒΚ has no ideological agenda other than to stand up for the spirit of free inquiry, expression and excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. That is why I am proud to support the Society and its efforts as a member of The Secretary's Circle."

— Linda Greenhouse