June J. Pilcher stands in front of the Class of '39 bell in the Carillon Garden after receiving the Class of '39 Award for Excellence.

June J. Pilcher stands in front of the Class of ’39 bell in the Carillon Garden.
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June J. Pilcher, Alumni Distinguished Professor of psychology at Clemson University, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

In this role, Pilcher will represent the membership of Phi Kappa Phi while also working to support the mission and goals of the society. She will serve a two-year term during the 2020-2022 biennium.

According to Pilcher, Phi Kappa Phi is active in representing and assisting all members and students; assisting with the board will provide opportunities she wouldn’t ordinarily have. She said she looks forward to working with the other board members and the Phi Kappa Phi leadership team to help it continue to move forward as an honor society but also as part of society as a whole.

“We are in challenging times for higher education not only due to the ongoing pandemic and resultant economic fallout but also due to concerns of systemic racism,” Pilcher said. “It is important to me to be in a position where I can help our society better value higher education and lifelong learning. I also hope I can successfully represent Clemson University as part of this prominent national honor society.”

Pilcher has been an active leader of Phi Kappa Phi at the local and national levels. She has served as the chapter president and past president at Clemson University. Pilcher was also a member of the national fellowship committee and most recently served as the chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar/Artist/Sylvester Distinguished Service award committee.

Pilcher holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in biopsychology from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was initiated in Phi Kappa Phi as a student. She is co-founder of the university’s Global Learning Institute and was a faculty fellow in the Office of Global Engagement. She has also been awarded the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence in 2015.

Pilcher serves as a mentor of faculty and students in multiple programs including the Honors College and the FIRST program. Away from the university, Pilcher leads martial arts classes, works with a greyhound adoption group, and enjoys hiking in the upstate foothills. Pilcher can be reached via email at jpilche@clemson.edu.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in the United States and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.