To honor our founder's legacy and celebrate his impact on society, the University is happy to announce the Krauskopf Medal.
Delaware Valley University’s founder, Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf, was a man of deep conviction and a tireless community organizer; a visionary, who was clearly ahead of his time. He addressed issues decades before many of his contemporaries. During his era, he was one of the few people who had the intellectual courage and tenacity to stand up and speak publicly on controversial issues such as human and civil rights, poor living conditions and poverty, child labor, conservation, housing reforms, equal and full employment, and measures to improve quality of life. The rabbi was incredibly hopeful, a dreamer, and a daring doer.
To honor the legacy and works of our founder, Delaware Valley University introduces the Krauskopf Medal, to be awarded to honor the outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations that embody the spirit of Rabbi Krauskopf’s life’s work and passions. Like our founder, the recipient of the Krauskopf Medal will have positively impacted society including one or more of the following areas: agriculture and food systems, human and civil rights, social justice, child labor, conservation and sustainability, poverty, educational and employment equity, and quality of life issues.
The Krauskopf Medal will be awarded once a year, but it need not be conferred annually. A selection committee comprised of faculty, administration, staff, and students will recommend candidates for the Medal to the president and Board of Trustees, who will make the final decision.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, received the inaugural Krauskopf Medal at the 1896 Society Dinner on October 5, 2017.