Jacksonville State University
Chapter Position: President
University Position: Professor of English
Years of Service to the Chapter: 15
Degree(s)/Discipline: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in English Language and Literature
How did you become involved with Phi Kappa Phi? I volunteered for the chapter installation committee in the fall of 2000. When our work was completed, my colleagues on the committee nominated me to be the chapter's first president.
What has Phi Kappa Phi done that has made you proud? Our 2011 induction ceremony was to be held on April 27, but was canceled because of devastating tornadoes that ripped through Alabama, destroying several communities in the vicinity of the university. Rather than reschedule the ceremony, the chapter voted to donate the money reserved for the ceremony and reception to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Click here to see John's CV.
What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Phi Kappa Phi is an organization of which we all can be proud. All too often, organizations today lose sight of their missions and goals and let their focus waver from serving the people they were intended to serve. Phi Kappa Phi has always kept its focus on rewarding academic achievement and helping its members be more effective in serving their communities.
What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
The best part of being an officer is welcoming students to Phi Kappa Phi at our induction ceremony. Being able to reward their achievements is the most gratifying part of my job. What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Whenever your chapter runs into difficulty, contact your chapter development officer. They've seen it all and can and will offer valuable assistance no matter what the situation. What are your hobbies?
Reading, cooking, fishing, golf, gardening and general puttering around the house and in the garage. Where are you from?
Rutherford, New Jersey