Dorothy Dotson is being inducted as an honorary/alumni member of Alpha Chapter of West Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa on Saturday (May 14).

Dotson, a native of Wellsburg, W.Va., graduated from West Virginia University with a political science degree in 1966 and then went on to spend 30 years on Wall Street as an investment banker.

In 1998, Dotson returned to WVU to serve as vice president of Investment and CIO of the WVU Foundation, Inc. Dotson retired as the foundation’s senior advisor of Investments, a position she held from September 1989 to December 2008. An active WVU supporter, Dotson was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1989 and conferred an Honorary Doctor of Law degree in 1991.

The Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Mountainlair Blue Ballroom, followed by a reception at 4 p.m. Sixty-seven students will be initiated.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. It is the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society.

Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have PBK chapters, and only 10 percent of arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are selected for PBK membership.

Alpha Chapter of West Virginia selected eight alumni for honorary membership last fall as part of the chapter’s 100-year celebration. Dotson, who was selected at the time, was unable to attend.

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