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New National PBK Secretary


Frederick M. Lawrence named new PBK National Secretary and CEO.

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Frederick M. LawrenceWashington, D.C. - May 19, 2016- The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, is pleased to announce the selection of Frederick M. Lawrence as the Society’s 10th Secretary and Chief Executive Officer. Lawrence will assume the post on August 1, 2016.

When announcing the appointment, Phi Beta Kappa President Catherine White Berheide said that Lawrence “is the visionary and accomplished leader who will continue to advance the Society’s ambitious agenda to advocate for the value of an arts and sciences education. He has demonstrated a deep commitment to the arts and sciences, understands the value of liberal education, and is already participating in national conversations about its future.”

Lawrence succeeds Secretary John Churchill, who is retiring after 14 years in the post. Secretary Churchill, a well-known thought leader in liberal arts and sciences education, has skillfully guided the Society into a new era of advocacy on behalf of the value of a liberal arts and sciences education. During his tenure as Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa added chapters at 24 colleges and universities, bringing the total to 286, and launched the Society’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative.

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