About Rho Chi

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Our Vision

The Rho Chi Society seeks to advance pharmacy through sustained intellectual leadership.

Our Mission

As the academic honor society in pharmacy, the Rho Chi Society:

  • Encourages and recognizes intellectual achievement
  • Stimulates critical inquiry to advance pharmacy
  • Contributes to the development of intellectual leaders
  • Promotes highest ethical standards
  • Fosters collaboration


Membership in The Rho Chi Society is a privilege accorded to the very few who distinguish themselves by their academic and professional achievements and who aspire to the mission and vision of the Society. Members may be elected as professional or graduate students in Pharmacy, as members of faculties of schools and colleges of pharmacy, as alumni who distinguish themselves in the Profession, or as honorary members by special action of the Society’s Executive Council.

By its very existence, the honor society reflects Western cultural belief in education and the pursuit of intellectual excellence. The honor society thus has two aims, or performs two functions:

  1. It recognizes and rewards outstanding scholarly attainment, and
  2. It thereby encourages and stimulates outstanding scholarship. The attainment of membership in an honor society is not only the highest achievement of social approbation by a select few, but it also encourages others to attain for themselves such recognition and approbation.


The Society’s Constitution was first drafted in 1912. The latest revision to the National Bylaws was approved in 2018.

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National Office

Following several years of planning, under the direction of the Rho Chi Society Executive Council, the Rho Chi Society National Office was established at the University of North Carolina in 1999. The administrative functions of the National Office are at the University of North Carolina. The primary goal of the National Office is to facilitate member chapters in their pursuit of the Mission and Vision of the Society.The functions of the National Office are to:

  1. Conduct Society business in accordance with the Bylaws
  2. Maintain active communication with collegiate and alumni members
  3. Develop and maintain the Society’s webpage
  4. Communicate on a regular basis to member chapters
  5. Assist in local chapter development
  6. Initiate new chapter development
  7. Increase Society visibility at all levels
  8. Represent the Society s at major national pharmacy meetings
  9. Coordinate the various awards of the Society
  10. Cultivate alumni support for the Society
  11. Serve as a resource for chapters
  12. Coordinate revenue-generating activities

Forms for annual reports, officer and advisor changes and regional meetings can be found under the Chapter Resources drop-down menu.

A. Wayne Pittman serves as the Interim Executive Vice President and Gail R. Moriarty is the Society’s Executive Assistant. To contact the National Office please call (919) 843-9001 or e-mail rhochi@unc.edu.

The Rho Chi Society
University of  North Carolina
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
3210 Kerr Hall, CB#7569
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-7569
Email: RhoChi@unc.edu
Telephone: (919) 843-9001
Fax: (919) 962-0644