Executive Leadership

In This Section:

About Phi Kappa Phi


Gypsy M. Denzine, Ph.D.
Society President
West Virginia University

To request Dr. Denzine as a speaker at your event, please complete this form.

Download high-res headshot.

Dr. Gypsy M. Denzine is dean of the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. Denzine oversees all degree programs housed within the college’s five academic divisions including Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology; Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies; Special Education; Communication Sciences and Disorders; and Learning Sciences and Human Development.

Prior to her current role, Denzine served as associate provost of engagement and outreach at WVU leading and coordinating the University-wide land-grant outreach mission while fostering broad engagement with the state. Before coming to WVU in 2013, Denzine served in a variety of academic leadership positions at Northern Arizona University for 17 years.

Currently serving as president of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Denzine has been a leader for the Society since 2006 acting in a number of capacities at the local, regional and national levels. Denzine first served in a variety of leadership roles—including president—for the Northern Arizona University chapter. During the 2012-2014 biennium, she was elected to the board of directors as vice president for fellowships and awards and chaired both the criteria and screening committees for the Excellence in Innovation Award. Prior to these appointments, Denzine also chaired the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Committee during the 2010-2012 biennium.

Denzine received her bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Cloud State University, her master’s degree in educational leadership and counseling from The University of Texas at El Paso and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from University of Northern Colorado. 


Mary Todd, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Society Headquarters 
7576 Goodwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806 
800.804.9880, ext. 221 
225.388.4900 (fax)

To request Dr. Todd as a speaker at your event, please complete this form.

Download high-res headshot.

Dr. Mary Todd assumed stewardship of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in July 2012 as its 11th executive director, the first woman to hold that position. A scholar of American history, American religion, and the interdisciplinary fields of women and gender studies and Holocaust studies, she was initiated as a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993.

Todd previously served as founding dean of the Honors College at Marshall University, where she led the effort to bring a Phi Kappa Phi chapter to the Marshall campus. She earlier served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Ohio Dominican University and as assistant provost at Concordia University Chicago. She has also taught at Roosevelt University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dominican University, and directed honors programs at Concordia and Marshall.

As executive director, Todd works with the board of directors in implementation of the Society’s strategic plan and in advancing its mission to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Society headquarters and participates in field activities that include visits to prospective chapters, chapter installations and initiations, and sponsored conferences.

Dr. Todd’s baccalaureate degree is from Valparaiso University, her masters from Roosevelt University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi