The Phi Beta Kappa’s President’s award, which is commemorated by presentation of the Judith F. Krug Medal, was created in 2009 by the Phi Beta Kappa Senate. The Society gives the award in recognition of truly outstanding and extraordinary service to the national organization.

The Krug Medal is named in honor of Judith F. Krug, a member of Phi Beta Kappa inducted at the University of Pittsburgh, who served as the Phi Beta Kappa Senate’s Vice President from 2006 to 2009.  Krug was a passionate activist against censorship and in defense of the right of free speech.  During her distinguished career she served for more than 40 years as Director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom.  She was also director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, among many other posts, and helped found Banned Book Week.  Krug regarded her position with Phi Beta Kappa as a continuation of her work “to make information available and accessible for all.”

Past Recipients: 

Joseph W. Gordon

Joseph W. Gordon, retired Dean of Undergraduate Education at Yale, was the first recipient of the President's award in 2012 at the Society's 43rd Triennial Council. Gordon was recognized for his long and distinguished years of service to Phi Beta Kappa including eighteen years as a Senator, fifteen years on the Executive Committee, membership in the Secretary’s Circle, a term as president of the Society and a term as vice president.  He has also participated for an extended period on the Society’s committee on qualifications charged with the formation of new chapters.

Fred H. Cate 

Fred Cate, the Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at Indiana University, Director of the Indiana University Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information and the Center for Information Privacy and Security, was given the President’s Award in 2015 at the Society’s 44th Triennial Council.  Cate’s distinguished service to Phi Beta Kappa includes eight years as a Senator and one term as Society President. Cate is responsible for advancing the idea of a national initiative for the liberal arts and sciences, which ultimately led to the creation of the Society’s dynamic National Arts & Sciences Initiative. 


George Greenia 

George Greenia, Professor of Hispanic Studies at the College of William & Mary, received the President’s Award in 2015 at the Society’s 44th Triennial Council. During his time with Phi Beta Kappa, Greenia has been very active in the chapter at William & Mary. He was elected to the Society’s Senate in 2009, and served for six years on the Executive Committee. As an extraordinary ambassador, he has carried his enthusiasm for the Society’s purposes to the national stage. 

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