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Special Announcement - New Executive Director Hired

Posted By Mike Palladino, Friday, February 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, February 16, 2018


I am excited to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director for our Fraternity.  Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth “Libby” B. Anderson to our staff, and read more about her background via our press release.  She will start in her new role at our HQ in Carmel, Indiana on Monday, February 26th.

Current Executive Director Timothy Schug, Alpha Epsilon (Illinois Institute of Technology) ‘07 will transition into a new role where he will assume responsibility for all administrative and technical operational aspects of Fraternal activities.  Tim has served in a number of roles on staff, including Executive Director, Director of Chapter Operations, and Director of Chapter Services, since first joining the headquarters staff in 2012.   Both individually and collectively, the Executive Committee is grateful for Tim’s time as Executive Director and looks forward to success in his new role on staff for years to come.

Incoming Executive Director Libby Anderson has served in Greek Life leadership roles at Mount Union College, the University of Central Missouri, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, and most recently as Assistant Executive Director of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.  Her extensive fraternal background includes educational programming, finance, foundation support, human resources, project management, crisis management, expansion, contract negotiation, and fundraising.  She has also served as a director of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation, a lead facilitator for programs of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Assessment Coalition Project and a member and volunteer for the Fraternity Executives Association. She has been awarded the Riegelman-Jacobs Award for Outstanding Service to the Interfraternal Community from Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, the Jack L. Anson Award for Interfraternity Excellence from Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. Libby also has the professional credential of Certified Association Executive, a distinction which less than five percent of association professionals hold.

The Fraternity’s Board felt strongly that the time had come for a visionary leader who could lead the Fraternity into the next decade.  I am sure this announcement will generate a number of questions so I have tried to address some of them below, but as always, I encourage you to contact me at for any further questions you may have.



Mike Palladino (Alpha Nu ’04)

Grand Alpha


2020 Strategic Plan

Why is this change happening?

The Fraternity’s Executive Committee made a decision in summer 2017 to begin a search for a new Executive Director to lead the HQ, in order to re-align staff to roles that are a better fit their experience, background, and interests.  Additionally, the Executive Committee wanted to re-focus to the long-term strategic direction of the organization.

Why didn’t we hire a Phi Kap?  Is this even allowed?

Clearly, the preference is to have our organization led by a Phi Kap.  That being said, the Executive Committee was focused on finding a leader that had the right background, skillset, and demonstrated experience in a fraternal non-profit executive role.  While we did conduct interviews within Phi Kap as part of our search process, the right candidate that had the right combination of qualifications was outside our organization.

In terms of the Constitution & Acts, our undergraduate members democratically passed legislation at Grand Chapter in 2014 that allows the Executive Committee to hire a non-member by majority vote if a Phi Kap is not found to be viable for the position.  The Executive Committee followed the constitutional process to hire a non-member, including a unanimous 7-0 vote of the Executive Committee, per Act 4, Section 9 of the Constitution & Acts.

Additionally, the Executive Committee retained outside legal counsel to review the Constitution & Acts for an expert third-party assessment of the process, and to ensure the constitutional compliance of an outside hire.  To conduct that review, the Indiana-based firm of Faegre, Baker, and Daniels was retained, particularly because of their experience with fraternal hiring, as they have done extensive legal work for the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC), as well as many Indiana-based fraternities and sororities.

Why did we hire a woman to run a men’s organization?

When the Fraternity’s Executive Committee identified the Executive Director Job requirements, the focus was on finding a visionary leader with fraternal non-profit executive experience, deep ties to the larger fraternal community, and proven success across a wide range of fraternal initiatives.  As an organization, we have a long history of “firsts” in the fraternal world.  In line with our forward-thinking history, the Executive Committee believed that it was more important to find the right leader to move forward than it was to find a male.  Additionally, we have had multiple Executive Directors over the past few years, creating instability within our HQ staff, and making it challenging to achieve our goals.  The Executive Committee felt that it was critical to find a leader with demonstrated success in an executive role in order to ensure stability, re-focus our long-term strategy, and develop a strong foundation for the future. 

Why is Libby a good fit for the position?

Libby has been involved in Greek and Student Life for 20 years, having served in various roles on 5 college campuses as well as two national fraternal men’s organizations, both of which are currently larger than Phi Kap.  In her most recent role as the Asst. Executive Director at Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, she guided the organization through a major growth phase, has extensive experience guiding Foundation efforts, crisis management, developing programming, managing budgets, and implementing large conferences including curriculum development. Her extensive background and experience is an excellent fit to lead Phi Kap into the future.

Who was involved with this process?

The search process was conducted between October 2017 and February 2018.  Every candidate (both Phi Kap and non-Phi Kap) went through multiple interviews with various stakeholders in the organization to ensure evaluation from multiple angles.  We purposefully had a slow and deliberate process to ensure we found the right person for the position with a consensus across all of the interview teams.

The Executive Committee is sincerely grateful for all of the various members who participated and provided feedback/recommendations during the entire interview process:

Representing our volunteers:

  • Region 2 Grand Delta Trevor Wiles  (Carthage ‘14)
  • Region 6 Grand Delta Daniel Heiss (Washington State ‘09)

Representing the Foundation:

  • David DuPont (Penn ‘67)
  • CT Benis (Washington ‘84)
  • Peter Nichols (Washington ‘80)

 Representing our HQ Staff:

  • Assistant Executive Director, Tim Schug (IIT, '07)
  • Director of Health and Housing, Ben Fournier (Maine ‘13)
  • Educational Consultant, James Coffman (North Texas ‘15)

All seven members of the Executive Committee:

  • Grand Alpha, Mike Palladino (Georgia Tech ‘04)
  • Grand Beta, Dave Smith (New Hampshire ‘06)
  • Grand Pi, Ron Stranix (Ursinus ‘12)
  • Grand Sigma, Sean McCann (IIT ‘05)
  • Grand Tau, Toby Smith (Richmond, '83)
  • Grand Theta, Matt DeVries (UC Riverside ‘10)
  • Grand Theta, Brendon Egan (Mass-Lowell ‘10)

Will it be a problem that Libby is not initiated and can’t participate in secret activities?

While the Executive Director does on occasion participate in “secret” activities such as chartering ceremonies, initiation, and Grand Chapter meetings held under Ritual, they are not the only staff resource available to conduct or assist with those activities. While it will require a bit more planning, it will be business as usual for initiated HQ staff to support those activities.

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