Phi Beta Kappa, nation's oldest academic honor society, awards chapter to Xavier

Chapter establishment recognizes quality of University's faculty in arts and sciences | November 1, 2006

The University has been awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society and has more than 500,000 members.

“This is quite an honor for Xavier University and, in particular, it recognizes the quality of Xavier’s faculty in the arts and sciences,” says academic vice president and provost Roger Fortin.

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities.

“Phi Beta Kappa exists to honor students who have excelled in those studies, and to advocate for the liberal arts and sciences both on campus and in the broader world,” says John Churchill, secretary and chief executive officer of the Society.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society voted to establish new chapters at six American colleges and universities at its Triennial Council in Atlanta lin October. The addition of the six new chapters brings the total number chapters to 276 nationwide.