Carpenter Named National President-Elect of Gamma Beta Phi (w/photo)
J.D. Carpenter, Director of Campus Activities at Bluefield State College, has been named national president-elect of Gamma Beta Phi, an honor and service society with more than 40,000 members and over 125 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. He is attending the society's annual planning and budget meeting in Knoxville, TN. Carpenter, who had served as Gamma Beta Phi chapter advisor at Concord (1994-95) and chapter co-advisor at Salem-Teikyo (1995), was instrumental in the establishment of the society's BSC chapter during the 1995-96 academic year. More than 70 BSC students are members of the College's chapter. "I'm gratified that I have been selected to serve as a national officer of Gamma Beta Phi," Carpenter said. "Gamma Beta Phi is well known for its commitment to service as well as scholarship. We are seeking to increase the college-going rate among adults in the nation." The BSC chapter played a central role in the selection of a "national issues forum" as a primary statewide focus of Gamma Beta Phi at institutions of higher education throughout West Virginia. "The West Virginia Department of Culture and History has provided the training to help participants learn to conduct structured debates on current issues. This is a true education service project," Carpenter said. Carpenter will serve as Gamma Beta Phi's national President in 1998.