Lily Von Klemperer
Lily von Klemperer posing with a copy of "The New Guide to Study Abroad," which she co-authored.

At 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 she provided to all in education abroad is impossible to overestimate.

It was understood in 1988 that the award would eventually be presented by the Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC) 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.

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Nominations for the 2025 EAKC awards will open in the fall.

Miko McFarland

Barcelona SAE
Miko McFarland (she/her), Director of University Relations, oversees US institutional partnerships and strategy for Barcelona Study Abroad Experience. Based in Kentucky, McFarland completed a bachelor of arts in anthropology and Master of International Affairs & Administration at Missouri State...

Katherine Mary Meyer

Katherine Meyer
University of Minnesota
Chair, EA RP Committee
Katherine Mary, "Kate", has been in international education for over a decade in various forms: study abroad student from a low-socioeconomic/rural/first-gen background, EFL teacher, financial aid admin, and within study abroad offices. Their experience and years of service have led to concentrated...

Todd Goen

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Virginia Military Institute
MDP Trainer
Todd Lee Goen is Director of Global Education and Senior International Officer at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where his responsibilities include oversight of education abroad, international student and scholars support services, international grant/program management, and strategic planning...
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