About the Lowcountry Association

What is the Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association?


We are an alumni group for Phi Beta Kappa members who live in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Our association was founded in 1996 to provide members with opportunities to network, socialize and continue the society's mission of friendship, fellowship and lifelong learning. Throughout the year, we have a number events to enrich members' lives, including holiday parties, guest lectures and banquets.

In addition to our member programming, we are proud to have an established scholarship program that recognizes rising college seniors for academic achievement in the arts and sciences.

The Association is always welcoming new members. Join us to learn more about our organization and become a part of our network.



The Lowcountry Association has a growing membership in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Our membership is diverse in background and profession, but all share a desire to continue learning and carry out Phi Beta Kappa's mission to advocate for liberal arts and sciences education. 



The Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association was organized at the College of Charleston on October 23, 1996.


The Association was recognized by the Phi Beta Kappa Senate in December of 1996, and we held our first event in February of 1997. You can view a list of our current and past officers here.

During the 1997-1998 academic year, we began two traditions: our association sent a representative to the Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council in Chicago and we held our first annual scholarship banquet. The following year we expanded our programming to include four annual functions - a fall speaker, a holiday party, a winter speaker and a spring banquet.

In 2003, Lowcountry Association was recognized by the 40th Triennial Council for excellence in representing the ideals and commitments of Phi Beta Kappa.

Our charter was moved in 2011 from the College of Charleston to the Charleston Library Society, a vibrant library and cultural institution founded in 1748, where we currently hold at least one of our annual activities.

Read more about our Association's rich history. 

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Dr. Robert Dillon

Ms. Hillary Hutchinson

Dr. Maxwell Mowry

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Officers (1996-present) 






Officers (1996 - 2021)

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education. We do this because we believe the curiosity and creativity cultivated by a liberal arts and sciences education are essential to making the most of life’s experiences. At Phi Beta Kappa, we are the key that opens doors to lifelong opportunity.
  • Chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States

  • Nearly 50 alumni associations

  • More than half a million members worldwide

  • Noteworthy members include:

    • 17 U.S. presidents

    • 39 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

    • Over 130 Nobel Laureates


For more information, visit www.pbk.org