Head of School Elected President of Phi Beta Kappa Society

Head of School Elected President of Phi Beta Kappa Society

Head of School Dr. Peter H. Quimby ’85, P’14 was elected President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at the Society's 46th Triennial Council on Thursday, August 5. The position is for a 3-year term from 2021-2024.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, founded in 1776. It has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. The mission of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.

President of the Board of Trustees Jim Pierce '72, P'08 says, "It is a singular honor to have our Head of School Peter Quimby, lead our country’s most prestigious academic honor society for the next three years. This election demonstrates Peter’s dedication both to academic excellence and the importance of a liberal arts education in developing students to lead productive lives. His dedication to these ideals is seen by all of us each day at Governor’s. We are proud of him for his achievement."

Dr. Quimby earned his B.A. at Bowdoin College and received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Since then, he has served in several ΦBK chapters, including as Secretary of Alpha of Wisconsin (UW-Madison) (1998–2000), an active member of Alpha of Connecticut (Yale University) (2001–2005), and Secretary of Beta of New Jersey (Princeton University) (2006–2011). At the national level, he was on the Committee on Qualifications (2009–2012) and the Phi Beta Kappa Senate (2012–2018), where he also served as Chair of the ΦBK Awards Committee (2012–2018) and on the Senate Executive Committee (2015–2018). Most recently, he served as Vice President of the Society (2018–2021). Quimby was previously the Assistant Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998–2000), the Dean of Davenport College at Yale University (2001–2005), the Associate Dean of the College at Princeton University (2005–2008) and later the Deputy Dean of the College (2008–2011). He has served as the Head of School at The Governor’s Academy since 2011.

Of his new leadership responsibilities, Dr. Quimby said, "I have witnessed the transformative power of education in my own life, and in the lives of thousands of students at both the college and high school levels, and that education has been deeply rooted in the arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa has championed these values since the founding of our nation and I am honored to be assuming new leadership responsibilities as president. The Society's efforts to promote academic excellence and advocate for the liberal arts and sciences are vital to the future of our democracy, and I look forward to working with the Society's staff and Senate to advance these efforts in the coming years."

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