Lee Elected Sigma Delta Pi National President

Lucy Lee, professor of Spanish, has been elected president of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, for the 2013-16 triennium, beginning July 2013.

Lee will succeed Marquette University’s Dr. Germán D. Carrillo, who has been at the helm more than 14 years, the second-longest presidential term in the 92 year history of the organization. In her role as Sigma Delta Pi’s 24th president, Lee will chair the National Executive Council and Executive Committee and work with the executive director in overseeing all national operations. 

Lee brings a wealth of experience and accomplishment to the presidency. She has served as regional vice-president of the Southwest since 2001, as executive committee member-at-large since 2007, as Truman State University chapter’s adviser since 1989 and as Missouri state director from 1992-2001.

As a result of her exemplary work with students at Truman, she was named top adviser in the country in 2010, and under her direction her chapter has received numerous national awards for its activities.

Established in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi honors those who have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish, with a minimal grade point average of 3.0 in all Spanish courses taken. Candidates must also rank in the upper 35 percent of their class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work. Graduate students may also be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish which will make them eligible for a graduate degree.

With 587 chapters nationwide and its national office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.