Alumnus, seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa

May 05, 2009

Alumnus Charles H. Wheatley III was inducted with 45 graduating seniors into the McDaniel College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at a May 3 ceremony held on campus. He graduated with honors in 1954 as the first major in the newly created Political Science department, and as a member of the Argonauts, the College’s original honor society founded in 1935 and superseded by formation of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1980. His diverse activities as an undergraduate, ranging from editing the student newspaper to singing in the Men’s Glee Club and acting in student plays, earned him the Bates Prize, an award that annually recognizes “best all-around college man.”

Widely known throughout Maryland, Wheatley has led a diverse professional career in public service and as a senior executive in businesses including manufacturing, software development, biotechnology, health, education, commercial and industrial real estate. He served as a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly, 1962-66, as a delegate to the Maryland Constitutional Convention in 1967, and as a member of the Baltimore City Council (Sixth District).

From 1974-1978, he was the Executive Secretary of the Maryland State Teachers’ Association, where he established a statewide legal services program for the State Bar Association and the State Teachers’ Association. He is director of the Learning Institute for Excellence, Inc., an organization that focuses on the development, assessment, and improvement of learning abilities and providing career development training.

Wheatley earned his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1959 and was named to the national law honor society. Over the past four decades, Wheatley has also served on a variety of local, legislative, and gubernatorial commissions and boards, including the Carroll County Commission on Aging, the Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, and the White House Conference on Small Business.

Married to alumna Charlotte Davis ’56, the Wheatleys are proud parents of three adult children, all graduates of McDaniel. Son Charles IV was inducted into the College’s inaugural chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1980, and his sister, Cheryl, was inducted in 1986.

Cheryl Wheatley Wilhelm ’86, Charlotte Davis Wheatley ’56, Charles Wheatley ’54, and Charles Wheatley ’80
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.  It has chapters at 276 colleges and universities, and over 600,000 members.

Students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa are:
Denise Own Adams, Clinton, Md.
Randee Michelle Black, Westminster, Md.
Mary Elizabeth Bounds, Lexington Park, Md.
Kevin Jeffrey Bowman, Westminster, Md.
Devon Lee Brackbill, Paradise, Pa.
Kristen Anne Marie Breeden, Sykesville, Md.
Domenic Hayden Cerri, Baltimore, Md.
Stuart Montgomery Clarke, Mt. Airy, Md.
Samuel Abraham Cohen, Manhasset, N.Y.
Kacy Anne Cribbs, Chesapeake Beach, Md.
Cody Justin Crutchley, Frederick, Md.
Laura Nicole Davis, Frederick, Md.
Laura Audrey Descher, West Hills, Calif.
Hayley Ann Grist, Silver Spring, Md.
Siri Anne Hiltz, Vashon, Wash.
Anja Milan Kiowa Jones, Gwynn Oak, Md.
Stacey Ellen Kight, Glenelg, Md.
Justine Lillian Koontz, Eldersburg, Md.
Laura Brianne Kurrle, Jarrettsville, Md.
Veronique Emmanuelle Lieber, Emmitsburg, Md.
Danielle Christine Lombardi, Catonsville, Md.
Scott Michael Madara, Prince Frederick, Md.
Kate Marie Maloney, Red Lion, Pa.
Christina Ashley Marlow, Finksburg, Md.
Michelle Elizabeth Menner, Mt. Airy, Md.
Gregory Steven Miller, Manchester, Md.
Kara Faith Miller, Catonsville, Md.
Kaitlyn Lorriane Parkins, Hampstead, Md.
Jennifer Mary Piechocki, Westminster, Md.
Lance Peter Pototschnik, Mt. Airy, Md.
Adam Carl Pritchard, Frederick, Md.
Scott Thomas Pusateri, Accident, Md.
Rachel Anne Pyles, Millersville, Md.
Jennifer Greer Sandler. Stevensville, Md.
Jamie Nicole Sedgwick, Cordova, Md.
Kristen Elizabeth Simmler, Mullica Hill, N.J.
Ashley Nicole Simms, Manchester, Md.
Katelyn Elise Smith, Mt. Airy, Md.
Kimberly Ann Staub, Hanover, Pa.
Patrick MacNeil Stinson, Brookeville, Md.
Kolby Elizabeth Stuck, McSherrystown, Pa.
Dennis Michael Stydinger, Middletown, Pa.
Emily Anne Sweeney, Sykesville, Md.
Emily Karlene-Eagle Taylor, Portland, Oregon
Christin Virginia Thomas, Ellicott City, Md.