The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 352nd chapter at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, today, March 13. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.
The installation of the UNC Greensboro 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 North Carolina at Greensboro to its community of scholars,” said Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “UNCG’s mission to be an inclusive, collaborative, and responsive institution that makes a difference in the lives of students is reflected in its tenacious commitment to student success, one Phi Kappa Phi shares.”
Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter are President Gregory Bell, President-elect Omar Ali, Secretary Brad Johnson, and Treasurer Heather Holian.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 when Marcus L. Urann, a student, brought to his professor the idea of creating 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.