Award Details: 

The John Hope Franklin Award, created in 2011, is in honor of distinguished historian, author, and 18th President of Phi Beta Kappa, John Hope Franklin. This award recognizes individuals for exemplary long-standing service to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Award recipients are honored at the Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council Meeting.


Nomination Process: 

Nominations should be sent electronically to Jen Horneman. For full consideration, please include a letter detailing your recommendation of the candidate for this award as well as a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae, and your contact information as the nominator. Please direct questions about the award or the nomination process to Jen Horneman via email or at 202-745-3287.  

Previous Recipients: 

Bette Napoli Harris

Harris' long and broad service to Phi Beta Kappa began in 1987, when she first became President of the thriving Northern California Phi Beta Kappa Association. Since then she has served as served the Southern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa in several capacities, including as President. Harris is very involved with the Western District of the Society, and has
just concluded her service as Chair of the Society’s Conference of Association Delegates.

James Lightner
A Fellow of Phi Beta Kappa for many years, Lightner was elected to the Senate in 2006 and served as Chair of the Committee on Chapters. During his Senate years, he was a steadfast champion of chapters, working diligently to make sure the national office understood chapter concerns.
While on the Senate, he also served two terms on the Executive Committee.

Don Wyatt

Wyatt has been a longtime stalwart of the Middlebury College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, serving as its president on two separate occasions, the last for the past twenty-five years. During this time Wyatt also served two terms as a Phi Beta Kappa Senator, and chaired the Committee on Awards. He also is a member of the Society’s Committee on Qualifications, which vets college and universities applying for new chapters.


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