Judith Krug Award

The Judith F. Krug Medal is presented to the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa President’s Award.  This award, created in 2009 by the Phi Beta Kappa Senate, is intended to be given only from time to time in recognition of truly outstanding and extraordinary service to Phi Beta Kappa as a national organization.  The Judith F. Krug medal is bestowed by the president of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate upon approval of the Senate Executive Committee.

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.” She said “Excellence in education, one of Phi Beta Kappa’s goals, demands access to the full spectrum of information and ideas.”  Judith Krug was a steadfast leader in the struggle to educate the public concerning the right to the free expression of ideas.


Joseph Gordon, the first recipient of the President’s Award.

Joseph W. Gordon of Yale University is the first recipient of the President’s Award and the Krug Medal.  The award was presented in August, 2012, at the Society’s 43rd Triennial Council in Palm Beach, Florida.  

Gordon, Dean of Undergraduate Education at Yale, received the award in recognition of 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.

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