Anne Tria Wise Joins National Arts & Sciences Initiative

“I am very happy to announce that Phi Beta Kappa’s new National Arts and Sciences Initiative has attracted a superb leader,” said ΦBK Secretary John Churchill. “Anne Tria Wise has joined the staff as director of the initiative. She is perfectly suited in skill and enthusiasm to guide this exciting, multi-year project. With her direction, we will strengthen support for the liberal arts and sciences among key decision makers responsible for setting the agenda in higher education. Anne will be the driving force to engage Phi Beta Kappa members nationwide in this effort, including special events designed to showcase the value of the liberal arts and sciences. She will be well assisted by Rhiana Quick, promoted to the post of deputy director of the Initiative. Rhiana brings extensive knowledge of our membership to her new role,” he said.


“I am delighted to have this opportunity,” said Wise. “I look forward to working with many of Phi Beta Kappa’s over 500,000 members to demonstrate the critical role that the liberal arts and sciences play in educating young people for lifetime careers and producing the thoughtful citizens necessary for a thriving democracy in the 21st century.”


Wise most recently served as outreach director at Generations United, managing a national grassroots advocacy campaign mobilizing older adults as champions for policies that help vulnerable children and youth thrive. She also oversaw strategies for recruiting, engaging, and retaining members comprised of a number of leading aging, children’s, intergenerational, and youth organizations. Previously, she worked as dontent strategist for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. Wise received her BA degree in history with honors from The Johns Hopkins University, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and her MA degree in history from the University of Chicago. Anne has two children with her husband Leo Wise, who is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Deputy Director Rhiana Quick has been with Phi Beta Kappa since 2009. She most recently worked as the coordinator of administration and events, planning meetings and donor events for the Society. A Mountain West transplant, she is originally from Wyoming and earned a BA degree in political science and French from Boise State University in Idaho.

Photo at top: Deputy Director Rhiana Quick (left) and Director Anne Tria Wise, Phi Beta Kappa’s National Arts and Sciences Initiative.