The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi counts among its ranks many outstanding men and women from across the disciplines. The Society's more than 100,000 active members include great minds in science and medicine, government and law and the military, education and business, along with sports, literature and the arts and just about every other field imaginable.
President and CEO, Barksdale Management Corporation
James “Jim” Barksdale serves as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Barksdale Management Corporation, a philanthropic investment company founded in 1999.
Previously, Barksdale served as President and CEO of Netscape Communications Corporation from January 1995 until the company merged with America Online in March 1999. He was CEO of AT&T Wireless Services (formerly McCaw Cellular Communications) from 1994-1995 and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FedEx from 1983-1992.
He sits on the board of numerous companies including Time Warner, FedEx, Mayo Foundation, and Sun Microsystems. He was appointed to a two-year term on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board by President George W. Bush on December 20, 2005.
In January 2000, Barksdale and his late-wife, Sally, donated $100 million to the State of Mississippi to create a statewide reading institute, The Barksdale Reading Institute. Read about the Institute here.
Barksdale received his B.A. in business administration from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1965. He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi as a senior at Ole Miss.
Renee Fleming earned Grammy Awards as a lyric soprano for her CDs The Beautiful Voice (1998) and Bel Canto (2002). Specializing in opera and lieder, she performs regularly in opera houses and concert halls worldwide. In 2008, she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to headline an opening night gala.
Aside from her native English, Fleming sings roles in Italian, German, French, Czech and Russian. Her signature roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Desdemona in Verdi's Otello; Violetta in Verdi's La traviata; the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Arabella; and title roles in Dvořák’s Rusalka, Massenet’s Manon, and Massenet's Thaïs.
Fleming has performed at numerous distinguished events, including the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and the televised We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President Obama in January.
Fleming holds a bachelor’s in music education from the State University of New York (SUNY) and completed graduate studies at The Juilliard School.
She was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2001 as an honorary member at SUNY.
For more about Fleming, visit her Web site.
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Senior Investigator, Merck Research Laboratories
M. Katharine Holloway, a groundbreaking chemist, helped develop protease inhibitors to inactivate HIV. Taken in a cocktail with other HIV drugs, protease inhibitors had a significant impact, initially lowering the death rate from AIDS in the United States by approximately 70 percent.
Holloway began her career in 1985 as the first female computational chemist at Merck. She and Chen Zhao, a fellow developer of protease inhibitors from Abbott Laboratories, are featured in a book about women inventors called Patently Female, were included in a travelling exhibit on women inventors sponsored by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and comprised the answer to a “double jeopardy” question on a 2005 episode of the syndicated game show Jeopardy!
Holloway has worked on several HIV targets, including Reverse Transcriptase inhibitors and Integrase inhibitors. She currently researches drugs to combat hepatitis C and Alzheimer's disease.
She received a B.S. in chemistry and French from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. and Ph.D. in theoretical organic chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin.
Holloway was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at USM in 1978; in 1979, she earned a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.
Professor of Psychology at Yale University
Alan E. Kazdin is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Director of Yale's Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic, an outpatient treatment service for children and families. His work focuses on child and adolescent disorders, behavior therapy and clinical methodology.
Kazdin served as the 2008 President of the American Psychological Association and is the author of more than 600 articles and 40 books, including The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child.
He received a B.A. in psychology from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University.
He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at San Jose State University in 1970.
Read more about Kazdin and the “Kazdin Method."
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Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2005-2009
Peter B. Lyons was Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from January 2005 to June 2009. During his term as Commissioner, Lyons focused on nuclear safety and security.
Prior to joining the NRC, Lyons spent eight years as science advisor to Senator Pete Domenici (Rep.-New Mexico) and to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Lyons earlier worked for nearly 30 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, holding various positions including director for industrial partnerships, deputy associate director for energy and environment and deputy associate director-defense research and applications.
He has published more than 100 technical papers, holds three patents related to fiber optics and plasma diagnostics and once served as chairman of the NATO Nuclear Effects Task Group.
Lyons received his bachelor’s degree in physics/math from the University of Arizona in 1964 and earned his doctorate in nuclear astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology in 1969.
He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi as a senior at the University of Arizona.
Journalist and Author
Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Since 1995 she has hosted the television program Inside Edition, the nation’s top-rated syndicated news magazine.
Prior to Inside Edition, Norville hosted Today on NBC, substitute anchored for NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News, and reported for 48 Hours and Street Stories.
Norville was awarded a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television and the award from the National Women's Political Caucus for her reporting from the "toughest jail in America."
Norville is the author of several books, including Back on Track: How to Straighten Out Your Life When it Throws You a Curve, New York Times best-seller Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You, and two children’s books, I Don't Want To Sleep Tonight and I Can Fly. Her most recent work is The Power of Respect.
Norville was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi as a senior at the University of Georgia, from which she received her bachelor’s in journalism in 1979.
For more about Deborah Norville, visit her Web site.
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Partner, Kirkland and Ellis LLP
John O'Quinn is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland and Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on litigation, including intellectual property disputes, commercial cases, regulatory issues, and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels. He has extensive argument experience before both trial and appellate courts.
From 2006 to 2009, O'Quinn served in the United States Department of Justice. As Deputy Associate Attorney General, he was responsible for helping to oversee much of the government's civil litigation and reviewing proposed settlements of multi-million dollar civil cases brought by or against the government. As the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, O'Quinn supervised more than 100 attorneys charged with defending the constitutionality of federal statutes and regulations, representing the diplomatic and national security interests of the United States in court, and conducting significant Title VII, personnel, social security, Medicare and Medicaid-related litigation.
In February 2009, O'Quinn was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his leadership in defending the Department of Defense in lawsuits challenging the detention and trial of enemy combatants captured abroad by United States Armed Forces.
He graduated from North Carolina State University (NCSU) with degrees in chemical engineering and multidisciplinary studies. He subsequently earned masters degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School in 2001.O’Quinn was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at NCSU in 1994; In 1996, he won a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.
Director of Facilities Management and Operations, Sandia National Labs
Jeffrey P. Quintenz is the Director of Facilities Management and Operations at Sandia National Laboratories, a leading developer of science-based technologies that support U.S. national security. He leads a team of more than 400 Sandians and 1,000 contractors providing construction, space planning, systems engineering and maintenance support to the laboratories.
Previously, Quintenz served as president of Lockheed Martin Nevada Technologies and deputy general manager for the Stockpile Stewardship program and operations of Bechtel Nevada.
Quintenz has authored or coauthored more than 80 publications and performed more than 150 technical presentations. He has contributed to the study of magnetically insulated ion, reflex pinch ion and electron beam diodes, as well as plasma opening switches and electromagnetic field propagation in complex structures.
Quintenz earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Arizona in 1971 and 1975, respectively.He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at The University of Arizona as a senior.
President, University of Virginia
Teresa A. Sullivan currently serves as the President at the University of Virginia. This prestigious appointment is regarded as one of the most visible jobs in public higher education.
Previously, Sullivan filled numerous roles at the University of Michigan: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as Professor of Sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Prior to that, Sullivan was Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Texas System. Her responsibilities included developing tuition-setting procedures, initiating and supporting educational and research collaborations among the various campuses, and developing external collaborations. Sullivan also has served as chair of the U.S. Census Advisory Committee.
Sullivan’s research focuses on labor force demography, with particular emphasis on economic marginality and consumer debt. The author or co-author of six books and more than 50 scholarly articles, her most recent work explores the question of who files for bankruptcy and why.
She received her undergraduate degree in sociology in 1970 from James Madison College at Michigan State University (MSU) and her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1975.Sullivan was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi as a senior at MSU.
Co-founder and Vice President of Nucleus Research, Inc.
Rebecca Wettemann, vice president of research and co-founder of the market-analysis firm Nucleus Research, Inc., directs the company’s industry-leading quantitative research team. She is an expert on the financial analysis of technology and author of numerous return-on-investment studies and reports. Wettemann has written and presented extensively on the subject of enterprise applications, customer relationship management, collaboration, and integration technology and its impact on business.
She made national headlines recently discussing the results of Nucleus Research’s study on the social networking giant Facebook. The much-discussed study found that 77 percent of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work hours. Read the full study here.
Wettemann holds a B.S. in political science and a B.A. in French from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a Masters of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Wettemann was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at OSU in 1994.
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