WMU News

Berkey is 82-year-old society's first female president

March 21, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Debra S. Berkey, chairperson of health, physical education and recreation, is the new president-elect for Phi Epsilon Kappa.

Members of the national professional fraternity represent those who are engaged in or pursuing careers in health, physical education, recreation or safety. Although the fraternity opened its membership to women in 1975, Berkey is the first female to lead Phi Epsilon Kappa in the 82 years that it has been a national organization. Her two-year term begins in 2003.

Berkey also is a member of the board of governors for the 26,000-member American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Media contact: Gail H. Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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