The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 354th chapter at the University of Guam in Mangilao, Guam, on March 11. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society recognizing academic excellence.
The installation of the University of Guam chapter comes after a thorough petitioning process, site visit and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.
“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome the University of Guam to its community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The university’s mission—to enlighten, to discover, to serve—reflects UOG’s strong emphasis on the transmission of both indigenous and global knowledge as well as its deep commitment to the needs of its region.”
Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Troy McVey, President-elect Christopher Garcia, Treasurer Margaret Hattori-Uchima, Secretary Monique Storie and Membership Secretary Arline Leon Guerrero.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded when Marcus L. Urann had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.