Initiation 2014


On April 15, 2014, 56 seniors and 20 juniors were inducted into the Wake Forest Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  We also awarded an honorary membership to Mary Foskett, Professor of Religion and Director of the Humanities Institute. Family and friends joined faculty and staff chapter members in welcoming them at a ceremony in Byrum Welcome Center.  Blake Morant, Dean of Wake Forest’s Law School, gave a lively address on the value of Phi Beta Kappa in his own career. For a list of our newest members, click on the Members/Student Inductees/2014.

David P. Forsythe–2013 Visiting Scholar

On September 16, 2013 our chapter hosted renowned scholar of international human rights, David Forsythe, who presented the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture, “The United States and Torture after 9/11.” Professor Forsythe is an alumnus of Wake Forest College.  He is currently the Charles J. Mach Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at the University of Nebraska. During his visit Professor Forsythe also met with Anthropology and Political Science classes and the student chapter of Amnesty International.

David P. Forsythe, 2013 Visiting Scholar

David P. Forsythe, 2013 Visiting Scholar

Induction 2013


The induction ceremony for new members of Phi Beta Kappa was held on April 2, 2013.  Sixty-seven seniors and twenty juniors were inducted. Thomas O. Phillips, Director of the Wake Forest Scholars Program, was awarded an honorary membership in recognition of his many contributions to intellectual life on campus and for his work with so many of our best students.  Provost Rogan Kersh (Phi Beta Kappa, Wake Forest, 1986) gave an inspiring address to the audience consisting of parents, faculty and students. Four juniors were recipients of the G.W. Greene scholarship which is awarded to the newly inducted member(s) of Phi Beta Kappa from the junior class who have the highest overall GPAs.  This year’s recipients were Kristine D. Cantin, Elise R. Madar, Veronica Everest, and Michael J. Hunter.  Congratulations to all!