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Pi Beta Phi Proposes New Collegiate and Alumnae Officer Structures

Published On: 2019-01-07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

Shawn Eagleburger
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications
(636) 256–0680
seagleburger@pibetaphi.org

Pi Beta Phi Proposes New Collegiate and Alumnae Officer Structures  

Pi Beta Phi recognizes the need to evolve and adapt to better meet the needs of our members and to ensure the Fraternity’s legacy lives on for the next 150 + years. As a result, new officer leadership structure legislation will be presented at the 2019 Convention. The proposed structures are the result of research and dialogue conducted for more than a year by a strategic plan tactical team comprised of Pi Beta Phi volunteers and Headquarters staff. 

The proposed collegiate structure creates more opportunities for leadership at the chapter level, and chapter officers will have more opportunities to coach each other and collaborate as a team. On the chapter support side of the international officer structure, the proposal provides simplicity and consistency with the collegiate structure. 

“The structure changes being proposed address member feedback that indicated our collegians desire a simplified structure with more clearly defined roles and responsibilities,” said Grand Vice President Collegians Alison Veit Heafitz, Illinois Zeta. “Additionally, the changes will streamline the relationship between the collegiate officer structure and the alumnae officer structure.” 

On the alumnae support side of the international officer structure, the proposal focuses on increasing engagement for all alumnae members with the creation of the Alumnae Engagement Director positions and the Director Alumnae position. Additionally, tactical support for alumnae clubs will be provided through the creation of the Alumnae Club Support Officer role. This will be an appointed role that will be filled on an as-needed basis and will not be standard for all clubs. As a result, the role will not be shown on the new structure organizational charts.

“We want all Pi Phis to experience sincere friendship as part of their lifelong commitment to Pi Beta Phi,” said Grand Vice President Alumnae Amy Lorenzen Southerland, South Dakota Alpha. “We believe the proposed structure changes will promote alumnae engagement, enhance collaboration between collegians and alumnae and help transition our collegians into life as Pi Phi alumnae following graduation.” 

More information about the proposed structures, including organizational charts, will be provided in the coming months. Meanwhile, the rationale for the proposed structures is available here.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading; and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. Its charge is for each and every Pi Beta Phi to find a way she can participate, donate or advocate for Read > Lead > Achieve. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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