Phi Beta Kappa


Welcome to the Beta of New Hampshire chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1952. Our members include UNH, UNH Manchester and the UNH School of Law faculty, staff, and administrators as well as students elected during their junior or senior year. Phi Beta Kappa is a national honor society that recognizes outstanding achievement in the liberal arts and sciences and fosters a community dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry and integrity.

Who Joins ΦBK?

Do you recognize the names of these ΦBK members? Add your name to the list!

Sonia Sotomayor, Condoleeza Rice, Bill Clinton, George Bush, David Souter, Rita Dove, Marv Levy, Peyton Manning, Glenn Close, Paul Robeson, Helen Keller, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Alexander Graham Bell and Theodore Roosevelt.

Who's now in the ΦBK limelight?

None other than the late Mr. Rogers, who was named an honorary member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society at Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. He's the subject of a new film starring Tom Hanks. Read Who's Back in the Neighborhood in Phi Beta Kappa's newsletter.


New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced that he will nominate John Formella to serve as the next Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire. Formella is Phi Betta Kappa and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida State University. Read the news story. --March 2021

Prof. R. Scott Smith of the Department of Classics, Humanities & Italian Studies is the recipient of the 30th Jean C. Brierley Award for Excellence in College Teaching at UNH. The annual Brierley presentation is the signature event celebrating the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching and student learning. Prof. Smith will deliver the presentation on College Teaching: Why (Dusty Old) Languages Matter. Prof. Smith is a PBK member and has served on a number of chapter committees. --February 2021

Allen Linden, professor emeritus of history, passed away on April 16, 2020. He served as president of the UNH PBK Chapter in 1968-1969 and 1989-90. Read more about Allen Linden. --February 2021

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