Winston Churchill

About the Executive Director

Peter C. Patrikis  

Peter C. Patrikis was appointed Executive Director of the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States in January, 2006. A graduate of Harvard University (BA magna cum laude in Romance Languages and Literatures, MA and PhD in Comparative Literature), he has worked for over thirty years in foundations, first as a Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and than as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning. He retired from that position in 2005 and failed dismally in his early retirement, which lasted a mere six months, for the happy opportunity of working with the Trustees of the Churchill Foundation on several new initiatives. Since his arrival, the Foundation has increased the number of Churchill Scholars to fourteen, has raised the Scholarship to some $50,000, has grown its endowment and its donations from friends and alumni, has invited some twenty-five colleges and universities to join the Churchill Scholarship Program, and has enhanced the profile of the Churchill Scholarship through new publications, a new Web site, and visits to more than ninety colleges and universities across the United States.

Patrikis is the editor of three publications on foreign language education and the author of dozens of articles on the place of languages in higher education and on the application of information technology to language teaching and learning. He has given presentations in Australia, China, France, Germany, and Holland, as well as across the United States. He served on the Foreign Language Committee of the Modern Language Association that produced the controversial report urging language and literature departments to revise and modernize their curricula.

Patrikis has been married for more years than he can believe; he and his wife have two sons, the elder an insurance executive in New York and the younger a theoretical mathematician who serves as native informant on mathematical matters. In his spare time Patrikis is an avid chef, a voracious reader of fiction, scholarly articles, and cookbooks, and a fanatic about opera, German Lieder, and early music.