The office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) begins the school year without a permanent director, following the departure of Dan Faill in late June. Faill resigned his post as director to take a job with the University of California, Los Angeles Alumni Association. Jordan King, formerly FSL assistant director, was appointed Interim Director for the year, assuming all of Faill’s previous responsibilities.
“Although we are sad to see Dan leave,” said assistant director Emily Mitch, “we are excited for his new adventure in California, as it brings him closer to his two children whom he loves dearly. However, even with Dan’s absence, we do not anticipate any significant changes in operation.”
King has worked in Elon’s FSL office since 2013, so FSL is not undergoing a major shakeup this fall.
“Jordan has the right combination of experience and leadership to continue to advance the goals of the sorority and fraternity community at Elon,” said Jon Dooley, vice president for student life.
The exact details and timeline for the search for a new director have not yet been determined, but the initial plan is for the university to conduct a national search in late fall 2017 or spring 2018. Both Dooley and Mitch explained there isn’t exactly a clear image of the ideal candidate yet, seeing as desired qualities will be identified as part of the search.
“Typically, during these types of processes a search committee is assembled consisting of multiple stakeholders across the institution,” said Mitch, “and they will determine the correct skills, knowledge, and disposition necessary for the position.”
The role of the FSL director typically involves maintaining a relationship with each individual Greek organization in order to promote compliance with pre-determined requirements and regulations as well as assist them in upholding their individual organizational missions.
As the 2017-2018 school year begins, FSL has outlined some objectives and expectations for Elon’s Greek organizations.
“Community members will continue to see a call for greater student and institutional accountability,” said Mitch, “as well as a push to remain true or realign themselves with their organizations’ missions. We plan to continue to develop more leadership programming and initiatives, as well as increase transparency between students and our office.”
Faill started as FSL director in fall 2015. As director, he oversaw the introduction of two new fraternities and sororities, Beta Theta Pi and Chi Upsilon Sigma.
FSL works directly with each of Elon’s greek organizations, including eight Interfraternity Council fraternities, seven national Pan-Hellenic Council sororities and fraternities and nine Panhellenic association sororities, and their respective governing bodies. FSL also manages Loy Center housing.