William & Mary

George Greenia Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­  The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the election of George Greenia to its senate. The decision was made October 3 at the Society's 42nd Triennial Council in Austin, Tex.  Greenia will serve a six-year term.

Greenia is a professor of modern languages at the College of William and Mary, where he was the founding director of the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He serves on the editorial boards for La corónica and several other journals for which he was granted the Distinguished Editor Award for 2007 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Also in 2007, for the interpretation and promotion of Spanish culture, Greenia was bestowed the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica by order of Juan Carlos I, King of Spain. Greenia became a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Marquette University in 1975.

In response to his election, Greenia remarked, "Alpha of Virginia, the founding chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, is witnessing a renewed commitment among its faculty and students to the study of the liberal arts at the College of William and Mary, and the Chapter itself is undertaking new outreach efforts to sister chapters in the region."   

"The leadership and vision that the Society promotes for the humanities enjoy undiminished prestige through the United States, and our potential to influence public scholarship within the academy and beyond - even beyond our shores - is great," he added.

"Phi Beta Kappa is very fortunate to have secured the services of George Greenia as a senator," said John Churchill, secretary and chief executive officer of the Society.   

Other senators elected in Austin are as follows: YOLANDA BROYLES-GONZALEZ, University of Arizona; FRED H. CATE, Indiana University; LINDA GREENHOUSE, Yale Law School; VALERIE HOTCHKISS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; JEAN E. HOWARD, Columbia University; ROBERT C. KOONS, University of Texas at Austin; RACHEL MORAN, Berkeley Law School; GILDA L. OCHOA, Pomona College; LYNN PASQUERELLA, University of Hartford; JEFFREY T. SAMMONS, New York University; ANDREW D. MCNITT, Eastern Illinois University; THEOPOLIS FAIR, La Salle University; MICHAEL GAUGER, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; KATE LEHMAN, Arizona State University.

"Members of our senate serve as the directors who guide the Society in matters of policy and set the direction for Phi Beta Kappa's future.  This group of senators brings a deep understanding of education in the liberal arts and sciences and a variety of perspectives for assessing the best ways to advance the values of liberal education in American society.  I look forward to working with them," Churchill said.   

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Among its programs are academic and literary awards, lectureships, a fellowship, a professorship, and publication of The American Scholar, an award-winning quarterly journal. For more www.pbk.org.