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About Phi Kappa Phi


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

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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)

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Dr. Mary Todd
 assumed stewardship of Phi Kappa Phi on July 1, 2012. She is the first woman to lead the 115-year-old organization and only the 11th individual to hold the position since 1900.

Todd was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 1993 at University of Illinois at Chicago and later led a successful petition to bring a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to Marshall University where she was founding dean of the Honors College from 2009-2012. She also served as the primary contact for Phi Kappa Phi at Marshall since the chapter’s installation in 2010.

Prior to her term at Marshall, Todd served for five years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Ohio Dominican University. She previously taught at Concordia University-Chicago, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dominican University.

As executive director, Todd works with the board of directors in implementation of the Society's strategic plan that supports the Phi Kappa Phi 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 also oversees the day-to-day operations of Phi Kappa Phi headquarters and participates in field activities such as campus visits, chapter installations, and sponsored conferences.

Todd earned a bachelor of arts in history from Valparaiso University, a master of general studies from Roosevelt University, and a Ph.D. in American history from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on American religious history, gender and women's studies, and Holocaust studies.

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