Executive Director Juli Willeman Announces Retirement

After a 20-year career on the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Headquarters staff, Juli Willeman has informed Fraternity leadership of her retirement. No end date has been set as the search for her replacement begins.

For the past 15 years, Juli has served as the Fraternity and Fraternity Housing Corporation Executive Director. She has led Pi Beta Phi through tremendous growth and change. Under Juli’s leadership, the Headquarters staff has more than tripled in size to best serve Pi Beta Phi membership, collegiate chapters and alumnae clubs as well as support valued campus partners. Signature member-development programs focused on values-based leadership and building confident women leaders were launched and have become part of the identity of the organization. Juli’s foresight was critical in helping launch the Fraternity Housing Corporation which today strengthens the campus-home of more than 4,300 collegians each year and provides members with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn together. Her expertise in financial management helped Pi Beta Phi weather economic downturns without detrimental effects.

During Juli’s tenure, Pi Beta Phi’s partnership with First Book was launched, gifting millions of children a passion for reading and thousands of Pi Phis the ability to make a personal impact in their community. Juli has never led with anything less than selflessness. She has called her team – and her Fraternity – to greatness time and time again. Her legacy, though not in final draft, will no doubt be a reflection of grace, humility, incredible strategy and care. Juli’s personal responsibility to Pi Beta Phi has been as its guardian and to this goal, no one will ever be able to question her success.

Grand President Marla Neelly Wulf shared, “it has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside Juli Willeman. Her leadership has embodied our core values and she has led and modeled the way with her head and her heart. Over the past 15 years as Executive Director, her visionary leadership has poised Pi Beta Phi to be in a position of strength. On behalf of Grand Council, and all who have worked with her, we wish her always the best.”

Juli has ensured Grand Council that she does not consider this her finale, but a milestone. “It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as Executive Director of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women,” she stated. “Words will never fully express the deep appreciation and love I have for this organization and all the relationships I’ve been blessed to make along the way. It’s been an amazing journey and I know this is not an end but rather an ever-evolving path of lifelong membership. It is my sincere hope I have served the organization, the people and ideals well. We will continue onward and upward in the bonds of wine and silver blue ever etched in my heart.”

Juli is a proud member of the Iowa Beta chapter of Pi Beta Phi at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Graduating with a major in Accounting, she started her career in public accounting in St. Louis, Missouri. She fondly talks about the day she received a letter in the mail that Pi Beta Phi Central Office was searching for a new Fraternity Controller and the incredible career which came from taking the chance and saying yes to Pi Phi. Juli plans to shift her time to the role of full-time mom, and how fortunate we know her two children are for this investment.

We will be starting the search for her replacement immediately. The role is posted on the Pi Beta Phi careers page. Any interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume and application to Pi Beta Phi’s HR Director Melissa Nagus at mnagus@pibetaphi.org by January 22, 2021.

Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations 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. For more information, visit pibetaphi.org.


Published: January 6, 2021

For more information, please contact: 
Melissa Nagus
Human Resources Director
(636) 256–0680