I was my fraternity president for two years, and I was NC State’s IFC president for one. However, I lost my first election for fraternity president. That election had a bizarre twist which to this day I am not sure if I handled correctly. Let me explain…
Being the president of a fraternity is a unique honor. A typical brother is only in the fraternity for four or five years as an undergraduate. That means that the president of the fraternity is the chosen leader for a significant portion of a brother’s college experience.
Ten things that every fraternity should do during the summer to make sure his fraternity is ready to prosper in the fall semester.
A fraternity president needs to lead by example. There is going to be a lot of tasks that you are not going to want to do, but have to because you fill that role. There are going to be IFC meetings to attend, alumni letters to write, university officials to meet, not to mention homework, girlfriends and a personal life.
The flip side of empowering a brother to take ownership of his projects is to hold him accountable for the results. While that will work in business, a fraternity is not business and should never be confused as such. If the president takes it on himself to hold a brother accountable for not doing his job, then the president runs the risk of alienating that brother. No one wins in that situation.
The fraternity meeting is dreaded by a lot of chapters. The reason is quite simple. This turns into another commitment that a brother has to do instead of wants to do. To alleviate that, you must be prepared for every meeting. Winging it is never acceptable.
The president has a fiduciary responsibility to the brotherhood. He must serve as the checks and balance on all financial affairs. This is a critically important function that most presidents overlook.
Being the president of a fraternity is a lot of work, but has a lot of perks. One of them is being able to grant the pledges a pardon.
The first role of a president is to be a figurehead for the fraternity. Not only will the brotherhood look at their president as the leader of the group; nationals and the university will as well. This is a very serious role, but is also a lot of fun. The president should enjoy this role, and make it a point to do it well.
The president must define the goals for the fraternity, and then guide the brothers into a mindset that it doesn’t matter who got the job done, as long as it was done. It would be amazing what could get accomplished if this fraternity utopia could be created.