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Overview Phi Beta Kappa is both the oldest and the most prestigious undergraduate honor society in the country. Only 10 percent of colleges in the United States have earned the right to have chapters, and just over 1 percent of all college seniors are elected each year. To be elected, a student must have more than a high grade point average. Chapter members review the academic records of the top 10 percent of the class, to insure that most credits are earned in the liberal arts and sciences, in a broad array of subjects, and at an advanced level.
  • The first honor society formed in the United States in 1776
  • The most prestigious undergraduate honor society
  • Recognized across all academic disciplines as a mark of excellence and academic distinction
  • Symbol of Integrity and scholarly achievement in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Mentioned in biographical sketches of the most accomplished Americans


Executive Council
Executive Council Officers

  • Past President
    Cheryl Addy, Associate Professor, Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health;
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • President
    Ed Black, Associate Director of Operations, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Secretary
    Leslie Brunelli, Associate Vice President for Finance and Planning
  • Treasurer
    Duncan Buell, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Engineering and Computing

Executive Council Members
  • Lorraine Aun, Director, International Support for Faculty and Staff
  • Ward Briggs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Gwen Geidel, Research Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences;
    Undergraduate Director, School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment;
    Assistant Director, Environment and Sustainability Program, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Eric Holt, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Arts and Sciences
  • Chappell Wilson, Director of Development, SC Honors College
  • Sarah Wise, Retired Faculty, HRSM
  • Helen Doerpinghaus (ex-officio), Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Patsy Yarborough (ex-officio), Administrative Coordinator, Office of the Provost


Updates and Upcoming Events

Commencement Excercises

May 9-10, 2014
Commencement List (PDF)
Commencement Information

Spring Initiation

Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

The Phi Beta Kappa Initiation of new members was held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom. Bernie Dunlap was the guest speaker.



Questions? Please contact us with any questions or comments about the Phi Beta Kappa at USC:

Patsy Yarborough
Office of the Provost
Email: yarborop@mailbox.sc.edu

Ed Black
Chair, Phi Beta Kappa Executive Council
Email: blacke@mailbox.sc.edu


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