Fraternity and Sorority Life is looking to fill a new post after the staff reorganized positions and responsibilities within the office, an assistant dean of Campus Life said.
James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life, said the director of fraternity and sorority affairs position was created based on the former position of assistant director of fraternity and sorority life. After weeks of ruffling through resumes the search has narrowed down to three candidates, said Robin Williamson, one of the eight members of the search committee.
“Two of them had experience with fraternities and sororities and one of them had student organization experiences similar to fraternities and sororities,” she said.
Williamson, associate director of transitions, declined to identify the candidates.
“The person we are going to hire will have more management responsibilities,” Parker said. “I think it is a given for that person, whoever he or she may be, to have some good leadership experience and to be able to work with a wide range of constituents.”
Parker said he found the new title more suitable for someone who will hold such responsibilities.
A search committee of alumni, students and staff formed at the beginning of September to evaluate potential candidates who may fill the director position, Parker said.
Williamson said the committee’s decision would affect much of the community, not just those in Greek life.
“It is in everybody’s interest for us to hire somebody who is a good fit with TCU,” Williamson said. “If somebody comes in and has an amazing vision and excellent rapport with students, though their main focus is working with fraternity and sorority life, this person will be interacting with students who may not be Greek, faculty, staff, community members, alumni and potential students.”
Clayton Simons, president of Interfraternity Council and a senior entrepreneurial management major, said the committee is looking for a candidate who is able to work with students.
“We want somebody who is personable, approachable and well respected,” he said. “A lot of [the duties] have to do with speaking with alumni, parents, the university faculty and staff – a liaison in the Greek community.”
Fraternity and Sorority Life expects to have chosen the director of fraternity and sorority affairs by the end of this month, Williamson said.
Sarah Williamson, who used to hold the assistant director position, left in early September, Parker said.
Sarah Williamson currently works as the educational development coordinator at the Delta Delta Delta Fraternity national headquarters in Arlington.