The Lambda of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa has voted to induct Mary Baldwin University President Cynthia H. Tyson as an honorary member May 17 along with nominated students.
“We chose President Tyson because of her dedication to preserving and promoting the liberal arts,” said Amy McCormick Diduch, associate professor of economics and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Tyson is only the fourth honorary member to be elected in the chapter’s more than 30 years.
Ann Alexander, professor of history in the Mary Baldwin Baldwin Online and Adult Programs in Roanoke, nominated President Tyson. “I nominated Dr. Tyson because of her many contributions to the liberal arts at Mary Baldwin during her presidency and her sustained commitment to learning.”
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most respected society honoring liberal arts students of academic and personal accomplishment. The society was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Only 262 colleges and universities shelter a chapter.