Lily von Klemperer Award


Logo Lily von KlempererAt NAFSA's 1988 annual conference, Lilian von Klemperer herself was the very first recipient of the Lily von Klemperer Award. Lily was founder of the education abroad profession during the mid-twentieth century and for years continued to be a true mainstay for the growing numbers of professionals in that new field. The inspiration, guidance, and training that Lily provided to all in education abroad is impossible to overestimate.

It was understood in 1988 that the award would eventually be presented in Lily's name at NAFSA annual conferences to worthy education abroad professionals who are seen still to have years to devote to the profession. The "LvK" Award seeks to recognize people who, like Lily, have "brought other [education abroad professionals] along" in the field and who maintain the highest standards of professional ethics while sharing their skills, knowledge, and expertise with all colleagues.

2016 Recipient

Christina BreakellThe 2016 Lily von Klemperer Award was presented to Christina Breakell, Williams College, during the 68th NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Supporting Praise

"Tina stands out in the field of international education as a passionate, motivated, and motivating leader... she gives so much energy to her work, to her colleagues, and to the field."

"Tina's positive attitude and willingness to take on complex  work is infectious and she was  an integral part of our team. In addition to her excellent administrative efforts, she was a social force to be reckoned with and helped to organize the office softball team and other after-hour events. In short, she imbued the office with a great deal of enthusiasm and good spirit.  "

"Tina has successfully presented at NAFSA and CIEE conferences, served as NAFSA's Consular Affairs Liaison for the NYC Spanish Consulate for close to three years and was an active member of the IES Chicago Conference Planning Committee. Tina has generously shared her skills, talents and knowledge with the field of education abroad.  She has also served on the NAFSA e-Learning content development team for Education Abroad Advising and was co-editor of NAFSA's publication, Study Abroad by Example. "

Past Recipients

Past recipients of the LvK award (and their professional affiliations at the time of the award) are:

  • 2015 BJ Titus, University of Minnesota
  • 2014 Mark Lenhart, CET Academic Programs
  • 2013 Levi Brautigan, Villanova University
  • 2012 David Wick, San Francisco State University
  • 2011 Brad Stepan, Denmark Institute for Study Abroad
  • 2010 Natalie Mello, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 2009 Cori Filson, Skidmore College
  • 2008 Joël A. Gallegos, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • 2007 Lance Kenney, Villanova University
  • 2006 Martha Johnson, University of Minnesota
  • 2005 Steven Seaworth, Butler University
  • 2004 Stephen Ferst, Rutgers University
  • 2003 Randall Martin Simon, Fraser University, Canada
  • 2002 Art Neisberg, University of Cincinnati
  • 2000 Nancy Ericksen, Trinity University
  • 1999 Cindy Chalou, Michigan State University
  • 1998 Susan Thompson, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • 1997 Anji Yucas, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1996 Ned Quigley, Boston University
  • 1995 Margery Ganz, Spelman College
  • 1995 Mickey Slind, University of Idaho
  • 1994 Jim Gehlhar, University of Tennessee
  • 1993 Steve Cooper, Louisiana State University
  • 1991 Nancy Stubbs, University of Colorado
  • 1988 Lily von Klemperer


Criteria & Instructions

Deadline: May 1, 2017

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Related Awards

The Education Abroad Leadership Award is given to members whose records of distinguished service to the education abroad profession exceeds 15 years.