Scholar statue in front of the Mitchell Memorial Library

Phi Beta Kappa: A Day to Celebrate

August 3, 2018

This is a great day in the history of our beloved university. Today in Boston, Massachusetts, at the 45th Triennial Council of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Mississippi State gained approval to shelter a chapter of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Achieving this recognition has been a high priority of mine since becoming MSU president in January 2009. 
I have looked forward to the time when we could provide this membership opportunity to the best and brightest undergraduates majoring in the arts and sciences. Today that goal has been achieved. High praise should go to our PBK faculty members and our MSU leadership team, who worked so hard in pursuit of this goal, especially Dr. Robert West, professor of English, who led this successful effort. 
Earning the honor to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter is truly an affirmation of the quality of academic instruction at Mississippi State University and a reflection of the world-class faculty who provide that instruction every day on our campus. 
What a great day to be a Bulldog! 



Signature of Mark Keenum

Mark E. Keenum, President
Mississippi State University