Frostburg State University Inducts 80 Into New Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

May 31, 2018 2:40 PM

The first Frostburg State University class of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, was inducted on May 19. Seventy students and 10 faculty members were inducted into the 348th chapter of the national organization.

The chapter was installed at FSU on March 16. Eligible inductees included juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Membership to Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only. The top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students were invited for membership.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, the honor society has chapters on more than 300 campuses and initiates approximately 30,000 new members each year. FSU’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter is coordinated by Dr. Gregory Wood, associate professor of history and director of the University’s Honors Program. For more information, email him at

Phi Kappa Phi’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated into the honor society. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit