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Founding Member of THCAS Advancement Council Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

April 29, 2016

By Lacey L. Gray
Director of Marketing and Communications
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

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Harvey Sharp Wooten, an East Carolina University alumna and founding member of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council, recently was inducted into the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society, on April 17, 2016, at ECU’s Wright Auditorium. ECU’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is ECU’s most distinguished academic honor society.

“I certainly am excited and flattered to have been asked to join this honor society,” said Wooten.

Wooten, who is a native of Kinston, N.C., has lived in Greenville for 36 years. She has served as the co-chair of the THCAS Advancement Council for the past 10 years. As an active member of the Council, Wooten has provided generous funding for the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences and Mathematics, W. Keats Sparrow Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts, and the Thomas Harriot Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Wooten recently established the Harvey Sharp Wooten Study Abroad Scholarship and the Harvey Wooten Social Sciences Scholarship.

“In the short time that I’ve been at ECU, I don’t think I have met anyone more determined to help advance our mission than Harvey Wooten. She cares deeply about Harriot College, about our students’ success and about our impact on the community,” said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. “I am so pleased that Harvey’s commitment to excellence and her many achievements have now been recognized through this induction to Phi Kappa Phi.”

In addition to her philanthropy for Harriot College, Wooten is a Golden Sabre Member of the ECU Pirate Club in ECU’s Department of Athletics, a current board member and past president of the Emerge Gallery and Pitt County Arts Council, a founding member of Women for Women of Pitt County, a member of Queen Street Methodist Church in Kinston and a member of the Clio Book Club.

In her free time, Wooten enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. She has two sons and four grandchildren. She is an avid art collector and supporter of the arts and an enthusiastic ECU basketball fan.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. It hosts chapters on more than 300 campuses across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

The ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi celebrates the academic achievements of nearly 3,000 initiates since 2000. The ECU Chapter provides student achievement awards, sponsors awards as part of ECU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and sponsors public lectures, forums and debates.

“At ECU, our network of scholars is large and diverse,” said Dr. David White, ECU Chapter president. “We proudly support and reflect ECU’s rich tradition of scholarly engagement.”