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International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the Social Sciences and to uphold and nurture scholarship, leadership, and service.

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL MEETING

The Pi Gamma Mu International Board of Trustees held its annual meeting via ZOOM on November 18-19, 2021.  In a typical year, the Trustees meet in person for their annual meeting, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held online in 2020 and 2021.  The Board worked on important Society issues including strategic planning for the future, financial planning, and planning for the 2024 Triennial International Convention which will coincide with Pi Gamma Mu’s Centennial Celebration.  This is at least the second period in its history that the Board of Trustees canceled in-person meetings due to extreme circumstances.  During World War II, the Trustees decided to handle their business by mail in order to leave as many resources as possible for the war effort. 

Online Meeting
Pictured are (left to right, top row to bottom row): Suzanne Rupp (Executive Director), Larry Heck (Immediate Past President), Gordon Mercer (Past President), Susan Kinsella (President) top right, preparing to bang the Presidential Gavel for the first time as Pi Gamma Mu’s newest Board President, Melissa Riggs (Student Representative), Brad Tennant (Regional Chancellor),  Ellie Varrucciu (Student Representative), Jeffrey Chin (Regional Chancellor), Mari Plikuhn (Treasurer), Charles Hartwig (Regional Chancellor), Clara Small (Second Vice President), Candice Quinn (Journal Editor), Allison Knox (Regional Chancellor),Katherine Im (Regional Chancellor), and Not pictured is Michele Price (Attorney).

Online Meeting
Pictured are (left to right, top row to bottom row): Larry Heck (Immediate Past President), Gordon Mercer (Past President), Susan Kinsella (President), Brad Tennant (Regional Chancellor), Jeffrey Chin (Regional Chancellor), Charles Hartwig (Regional Chancellor), Clara Small (Second Vice President), Suzanne Rupp (Executive Director), Katherine Im (Regional Chancellor), Ellie Varrucciu (Student Representative), Michele Price (Attorney). Mari Plikuhn (Treasurer), Melissa Riggs (Student Representative), Candice Quinn (Journal Editor), and not pictured is Allison Knox (Regional Chancellor).

Meeting
Immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees, Larry Heck, produced a video for the annual meeting in which he shared some of the history of the Presidential Gavel and presented the Gavel to new President of the Board of Trustees, Susan Kinsella.  Because the meeting was held virtually due to the pandemic, President Heck made the video and shipped the Gavel to President Kinsella in advance of the meeting so that she could open the meeting with a bang of the Gavel, a long-standing Pi Gamma Mu Tradition. The wooden gavel is wrapped with a brass band which is engraved with “Pi Gamma Mu” and the strike block is carved with the same, “Pi Gamma Mu”.

As the Society started a new Triennial Period, a new President was sworn in.  Dr. Susan Kinsella, Dean at Saint Leo University in Florida, became Pi Gamma Mu’s 16th President.

The Board also welcomed three new Trustees. Dr. Jeffrey Chin, Professor of Sociology at LeMoyne College in New York is Pi Gamma Mu’s new Chancellor for the Northeast Region.  Ms. Melissa Riggs, a student at the University of Maryland Global Campus, and Eliana (Ellie) Varrucciu, an international student from Italy currently attending college at Wayne State College in Nebraska, are the Student Representatives for the next three-year period.

Dr. Jean Karlen, Past-President on the Board of Trustees, graduated from the Board, but as an Emeritus Trustee, she plans to continue to provide special assistance to the Board on various projects.

The 2021-2024 Pi Gamma Mu International Board of Trustees:

President
Susan Kinsella, Saint Leo University

Past Presidents
Gordon Mercer, Western Carolina University
C. Laurence (Larry) Heck, Newman University

First Vice President
Katherine Im, University of Maryland Global Campus

Second Vice President
Clara Small, Salisbury University

Secretary-Treasurer
Mari Plikuhn, University of Evansville

Regional Chancellors

Chancellor of Southeastern Region
AL, FL, GA, KW, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV 
 Allison G. S. Knox, American Military University

Chancellor of North/Northwestern Region
IA, IL, IN, MN, ND, NE, OH, OR, SD, WI
Brad Tennant, Presentation College

Chancellor of Northeastern Region
CT, DC, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VT
Jeffrey Chin, LeMoyne College

Chancellor of South/Southwestern Region
AR, CA, CO, HI, KS, MO, NM, OK, PH, TX
Charles W. Hartwig, Arkansas State University

Student Representatives
Melissa Riggs, University of Maryland Global Campus
Eliana (Ellie) Varrucciu, Wayne State College

Non-Voting Members of the Board of Trustees:
Michele Price, Legal Counsel
Candice Quinn, Journal Editor
Suzanne Rupp, Executive Director


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