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Marshall recognized as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Excellence

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Marshall University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

The Chapter of Excellence distinction is a part of the society’s chapter recognition program, which acknowledged 44 chapters with recognition this year, including 29 as Chapters of Excellence.

“The chapter recognition program offers Phi Kappa Phi the opportunity to say a special thank you to chapters who go above and beyond in promoting academic excellence on their campuses,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, the Marshall chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select award and grant programs.

“Marshall University’s goal is to live the society’s mission, ‘To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others,’” said Chapter President Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, associate vice president for assessment and quality initiatives at Marshall. “Chapter of Excellence recognition means a lot to us because it recognizes the collective efforts of our chapter’s officers and members to live this mission. We would especially like to recognize the efforts of our student vice presidents in engaging Marshall’s students in our community outreach project.”

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive:

  • a commendation letter from the society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
  • special recognition on the society’s website, publications and at the biennial convention
  • specially designed logo for use in chapter communications
  • recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals
  • $500 award

Marshall’s chapter received Chapter of Merit recognition in 2013.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

The society inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. The society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit