Phi Kappa Phi Receives Power of A Silver Award for Its Excellence in Innovation Award

Jul 25, 2018

ASAE Power Of A - Color - VectorThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with a 2018 Power of A Silver Award. Phi Kappa Phi was selected as a recipient of the award for its efforts in recognizing and promoting innovation in higher education through the Excellence in Innovation Award.

The Power of A Awards, the association industry’s top award, honors outstanding efforts by associations that distinguish themselves with innovative, effective and broad-reaching programs that have a positive impact at the local, national and global levels.

Established in 2014 and awarded each biennium, Phi Kappa Phi’s Excellence in Innovation Award was created as a way to recognize colleges and universities for their achievement in finding powerful solutions to improve the lives of others and create systematic large-scale change, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging innovation in higher education. The recipient institution receives $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education.

Since its creation, the Excellence in Innovation Award has been awarded to Tulane University in 2016 for its Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking and most recently to Western Michigan University for its Seita Scholars Program.

“The power of an association is its ability to serve not only its membership but to represent them, to believe so passionately in its mission that it sees the potential for impact beyond its own members,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The Innovation Award is a direct extension of both the Phi Kappa Phi mission and members’ shared love of learning by lifting up the transformative work being done on college and university campuses across the country.”

Phi Kappa Phi is one of 34 organizations to receive the 2018 Power of A Silver Award from ASAE. Created in 2010, the Power of A program showcases how associations leverage their unique resources to solve problems, kickstart innovation and improve world conditions.

“Congratulations to Phi Kappa Phi for their efforts to enrich and strengthen lives,” said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their initiative exemplifies how we work best when we work together and how associations have a positive influence on our everyday lives in every way.”

To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi’s Excellence in Innovation Award, visit