AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE 57TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON AUG. 4, 2018, BILL FARKAS WILL RETIRE FROM HIS POSITION AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF LAMBDA CHI ALPHA FRATERNITY
Board Chairman Fletcher McElreath will lead the search process to find a successor
Carmel, Ind., July 7, 2017 – At the conclusion of the 57th General Assembly on Aug. 4, 2018, Bill Farkas will retire from his position as chief executive officer of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Board Chairman Fletcher McElreath will leadthe search process to find a successor.
“On behalf of our Board and members, I would like to thank Bill for his vision and leadership at the helm of our Fraternity over the last decade,” McElreath said. “Bill has helped us establish a very solid foundation for our future with a successful focus on five pillars: strategic partnerships, growth, living our values, alumni involvement, and the collegiate experience. In addition, he assisted the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation with two successful capital campaigns that will provide ongoing resources for our chapters and undergraduate members for many years to come.”
During his time as CEO, Farkas championed new and innovative educational programming for undergraduate members and helped bring hundreds of alumni members back into the volunteer pool to assist chapters. He also established a national partnership with Feeding America in 2013 that has led to more than 15 million pounds of food collected by Lambda Chi chapters.
“The timing is right for a new CEO to take over and lead our fraternity,” Farkas said. “I’m grateful to the Board and our members for allowing me this opportunity. I’m very proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish together and I believe now, more than ever, in the value of the leadership development opportunities we offer our undergraduate members.”
Farkas also complimented his staff as a key reason for his success as CEO: “As I have repeatedly said over the years, our International Headquarters staff is the finest in the Greek world. I want to thank them for their support, hard work and dedication to our brotherhood.”
In 2005, Farkas became only the fifth CEO in Lambda Chi Alpha’s now 108-year history. Prior to serving as CEO, he held leadership positions at Butler University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Western Washington University. He was initiated into Lambda Chi as a member of the Alpha-Alpha chapter at Butler. As an undergraduate, he began his service to the General Fraternity when he was elected as a member of the Student Advisory Committee. After graduation, Farkas was hired as an educational leadership consultant and was later promoted to serve as the associate director of Chapter Services.
About Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Headquartered in Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind., Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America with more than 285,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 universities. In the early 1970s, it was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault and other challenges facing today’s college student. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development and lifelong friendships. To learn more about Lambda Chi Alpha and its traditions, principles, and ideals, please visit www.lambdachi.org.
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