Phi Kappa Theta has identified former FBI Agent and New York Times Bestseller Ali H. Soufan (Mansfield University, ‘94) as its 2018 recipient of The Kennedy Award. This honor recognizes an outstanding Brother who has achieved significance in his career and as a servant leader. The award was established in 2017 and is named for United States President and Fraternity Brother John F. Kennedy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 'A). Soufan will be recognized this August at Impact 18, the Fraternity’s biannual conference in Orlando.
Brother Soufan is an Honors graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with degrees in International Studies and Political Science. It was there that Soufan initiated into the Pennsylvania Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group, Ali Soufan is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent whose investigations span highly complex international cases of terrorism – including the attacks on the USS Cole and 9/11. Brother Soufan also serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Soufan is the author of the newly released Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. His New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda was recognized with the Ridenhour Book Prize in 2012. Soufan been interviewed by and contributed to national shows and publications including 60 Minutes, Frontline, The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
Impact 18 will be hosted in Orlando, Florida in August of this year and will be a 48-hour intensive development opportunity for collegiate and alumni members on harnessing the power to positively change the communities around them. The conference will be held August 2-5 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.
Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity is the result of the merging of two Fraternities: Phi Kappa (1889, Brown university) and Theta Kappa Phi (1919, Lehigh university). The merging took place on April 29, 1959 at The Ohio State University. Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity that fosters five areas of development within its membership: leadership, fraternal, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Currently, the Fraternity has 42 active chapters. The mission of Phi Kappa Theta is to actively develop