Sigma Delta Pi Confirms Two New Honorary Presidents

Dr. David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia and President of the International Association of Hispanists, and Dr. Emily Spinelli,  Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, have been elected Honorary Presidents of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.  Their outstanding advocacy of Sigma Delta Pi and their ongoing accomplishments in academic leadership and scholarship earned them this exclusive recognition that prior to 2015 had only been granted to 15 other Hispanists during the Society’s 95-year history. Drs. Gies and Spinelli will be formally appointed at Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention in Miami, Florida during the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese on July 8-11, 2016.  A complete list of past appointees is available at