Written on Aug 30, 2010 | by Noah Moroney
H. Ray Sylvester, associate dean and professor of marketing at the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business, has been selected Vice President for Marketing and Member Benefits for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The election occurred at the biennial convention of the organization in Kansas City, Mo., in August.
As Vice President for Marketing and Member Benefits, Sylvester will serve for two years on the Society’s national board of directors, providing expertise in the areas of marketing and public relations, chairing the Marketing and Member Benefits Committee and serving as a member of the Finance and Budget Committee.
“We need to find ways to keep chapters strong while maintaining the interest and allegiance of our many members who move outside the range of these chapters,” Sylvester said of a key challenge the Society faces in the area of marketing and member benefits.
Sylvester had been serving as Western Region Vice President since 2007. He has been a Phi Kappa Phi member since 2000.
The 2010-12 Board of Directors of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is as follows:
•· William A. Bloodworth, Jr. (Augusta State University), President
•· Diane G. Smathers (Clemson University), President-Elect
•· Robert B. Rogow (Eastern Kentucky University), Past President
•· Curtis D. Black (University of Toledo), VP for Finance
•· William J. McKinney (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), VP for Fellowships & Awards
•· H. Ray Sylvester (University of the Pacific), VP for Marketing and Member Benefits
•· Timothy L. Hulsey (Virginia Commonwealth University), VP for Chapter Relations
•· Yaw A. Asamoah (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), VP at Large
•· Judy A. Highfill (University of Missouri-St. Louis), VP at Large
•· Jeff Harrison (Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville), VP for Students
•· Rodney Hughes (Pennsylvania State University), VP, for Students
•· Perry A. Snyder, Society Executive Director
Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses. Since its founding in 1897, more than a million members have been initiated, with about 30,000 being inducted each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and top 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.