Townsend selected for Phi Kappa Phi

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College Administrative Assistant and alumna Connie Townsend, ’99, has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Townsend’s membership is in the Marshall University chapter, where she is nearing completion of the clinical mental health graduate program.

Admission to Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only, and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Since the society recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education, nominees’ study can be in any discipline. Membership standards stipulate graduate students must rank in the upper 10 percent of their class.

Townsend was accepted into the online graduate program at Marshall in the fall of 2012 after deciding to pursue a career in mental health counseling. She was recently nominated to serve on the board of directors for the West Virginia Counseling Association and is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Townsend currently serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Carol Carter in the Division of Business and Entrepreneurship of Davis & Elkins College.

She has been employed by the College since 2009 and has worked as an administrative assistant in the Center for Sustainability Studies and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Davis & Elkins and obtained a teaching certificate for 5-adult. She has taught in public schools in West Virginia, and owned and operated a business in Elkins. She also performs with her band, the Ginsangers, on a semi-professional level.

In the future, Townsend hopes to work as a counselor with the college student


Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Since its founding, the society has initiated more than 1 million members who are part of a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines.

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