The selection was made during the society's 42nd Triennial Council held in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 3. Founded in 1776 at William & Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. The society had chapters at 280 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country.
"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, in a press release.
Greenia was the founding director of the program in medieval and renaissance studies at William & May. He serves on editorial boards for several journals, including La corónica. In 2007, he was presented the Distinguished Editor Award by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. That same year, Greenia received the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica by order of King of Spain Juan Carlos I for his interpretation and promotion of Spanish culture.
Greenia became a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Marquette University in 1975.
"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," Greenia said in the press release. "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."
For more on Phi Beta Kappa, visit http://www.pbk.org.