Robert Koons, professor of philosophy, has been elected to the senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's oldest academic honor society. The decision was made Oct. 3 at the society's 42nd Triennial Council in Austin. He will serve a six-year term.
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1978 at Michigan State University, Koons earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. While Koons served as its president, Phi Beta Kappa’s Alpha of Texas chapter organized a successful lecture series on “Defining the Core: The Essence of a Liberal Education.”
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the senate and at the national headquarters in promoting the best traditions of liberal education,” said Koons, who has taught at the university for 22 years. “I’m honored to be chosen for this task."
Members of the senate serve as the directors who guide the society in matters of policy and set the direction for Phi Beta Kappa's future, according to John Churchill, secretary and CEO of the society.
“Phi Beta Kappa is very fortunate to have secured the services of Robert Koons as a senator,” Churchill said.