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Convention 2019 Delegates Vote to Implement New Organizational Structure

Published On: 2019-07-08

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Convention 2019 Delegates Vote to Implement New Organizational Structure  


At the 72nd Pi Beta Phi Biennial Convention in Washington, D.C., delegates voted in favor of implementing a new organizational structure for the Fraternity. The changes to the Volunteer Support Structure and Chapter Leadership Team structure include revisions of roles and responsibilities, officer title changes and changes to committees to reflect the current needs of the Fraternity. 


The new structure is based on research and dialogue conducted by a strategic plan tactical team comprised of more than 20 Pi Beta Phi volunteers and Headquarters staff. For almost two years, the team conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups — gaining insights from collegians and alumnae to help determine what the new structure should be. 


From the research obtained, Pi Beta Phi identified a need to create a greater depth of leadership in collegiate chapters through roles that develop stronger leadership abilities. Those abilities include delegation and collaboration skills that translate within Pi Phi as well as into the professional world and other areas of a member’s life. Additionally, a need for greater collaboration between collegians and alumnae emerged, as well as a desire to engage more alumnae, including those outside of an alumnae club area. 


“We are very excited about the new structure and can’t wait to see the benefits emerge as it unfolds over the next several months,” said Grand President Marla Neelly Wulf, Kansas Beta. “With the changes we’re seeing to the fraternity and sorority landscape and the increased time demands of our alumnae, our new structure better positions Pi Phi to meet the needs of our members now and in the future.”


Some of the highlights of the new structure are:

  • Collegiate and alumnae regions are now combined to help increase collaboration between alumnae and collegians within each Regional Team and to support a seamless, lifelong member experience.  
  • Roles have been re-defined to simplify and clarify duties, and new officer titles are more relevant for today’s world.   
  • Collegiate structure creates a greater depth of leadership in chapters and allows the Executive Council to function as a strategic team, developing delegation skills.  
  • Compact version of the collegiate Chapter Leadership Team model enables flexibility for chapters who need it (with dispensation from their Regional Team prior to chapter elections).  
  • Changes in the volunteer alumnae structure emphasize the desire for broader alumnae engagement.  

The new structure will be implemented immediately beginning with elected international officers, quickly followed by appointed officers. In the fall, collegiate chapters and Alumnae Advisory Committee (AAC) members will begin to transition to the new structure as chapter elections occur, with full implementation scheduled for January 2020.  

“As with any change of this magnitude, a transition plan will be utilized to manage the many moving pieces,” said Grand Vice President Community RelationsDr.Jenn Plagman-Galvin, Iowa Gamma. “Many volunteers and Headquarters staff are working to help ensure smooth implementation and will be communicating key information throughout the transition to the new structure.”      

For information about the implementation timeline and more, please visit www.pibetaphi.org/officerstructure.