Outgoing President Tim Hulsey called the state of the Society strong.
“We have amassed a record endowment, we have more than 100,000 active
members, and more than 300 chapters,” he said. “We, as you know, remain the world’s
oldest, and most selective all-discipline honor society.”
And the future looks bright as well, with Gypsy Denzine taking the gavel from him
“We continue to work with our peers in the honors caucus to emphasize the
value in honoring academic success, leadership, and service,” he said. But challenges
remain, Hulsey said, outlining a declining acceptance rate and struggling chapters
as particular problems. He also touched on the progress of a 2014 strategic plan to
overcome these challenges.
“If we are in fact going to live by our motto and allow the love of learning to rule
humanity, we all, individually and collectively, must take the time and put down our
cell phones and stop using our computers and our pads, and consider not just how
things are, but how they ought to be,” he said. “Now, more than any time in my
memory, we are called upon to act on our beliefs. So let us band together to support
our motto. Let the love of learning become apparent in our actions. Honor excellence
by being excellent.”
Executive Director Mary Todd dove deep into Hulsey’s message, providing an update
of what headquarters staff has been doing to raise the profile of the Society.
“Since 2014, the board and staff have been focused on the implementation of those
initiatives,” she said. “And we will continue to keep that focus in the coming biennium
and beyond, if necessary, to ensure a sustainable future for Phi Kappa Phi.”
Declining membership is a trend across nonprofit member associations, Todd said.
The value of membership is just not as obvious.
“We need to think differently about the value of membership,” she said, “and about
The Society has worked in elevate its profile and become a leading voice in higher
education. The new Excellence in Innovation Award, which gives $100,000 to an
institution, is a first for the Society. Existing awards programs are getting a boost.
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Dissertation fellowships grew from two
to ten; fifty Study Abroad grants are now
seventy-five; Love of Learning awards grew
from 160 to 200.
“We believe the awards programs are
our signature member benefit and a
compelling piece of the message,”
Member numbers and chapters are
growing. The number of chapters now
stands at 335, with six installed since the
last convention. Two more will come on
board later this year, and the board also
recently approved three more additions.
The Society’s endowment is also healthy,
funding the increase in awards as well as
video and public relations campaigns to
raise Phi Kappa Phi’s profile.
Todd, like Hulsey in his earlier speech,
emphasized the importance of chapter
health and thanked the chapter officers
“Please know how grateful we are for the
volunteer work that you do, for the hours
you put in on the maintenance of your
chapter. I know that the gratitude of seeing
student smiles at initiation ceremonies is
worth the work we put into it,” she said.
“We depend on you immensely … you are
the source of our growth.”