Monday, July 15, 2013
Dr. Clay Motley
Western Kentucky University
Name: Clay Motley
Chapter Position: Chapter President
Years of Service to the Chapter: 3
University Position: Associate Director, The Honors College at WKU
Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina
How did you become involved as a chapter officer?
Our chapter at WKU had not initiated any students in several years and faculty involvement was fairly low. I wanted WKU's excellent students to have the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements and to benefit from membership in Phi Kappa Phi.
What has your chapter done that has made you proud?
Every year our initiation ceremony has become more poignant and meaningful to the students, parents, and faculty in attendance. The initiation ceremony is the first formal experience the students have as members of Phi Kappa Phi, so I think it is very important to set the appropriate tone. We are getting better at doing that.
What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you?
As I say during our initiation ceremony, Phi Kappa Phi is for curious, passionate people who believe learning is a life-long endeavor. I am proud to be a part of that venture and to encourage our students to as well.
What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer?
The 2012 Convention was a highlight for me. It was great to network with faculty, staff, and students from across the country. I got some great ideas for our own chapter, but more importantly the Convention helped me see Phi Kappa Phi as an international organization. It gave me the "big picture" beyond our chapter boundaries.
What advice would you give to a new chapter officer?
Your chapter will only grow and thrive if you continue to innovate. You can't rest on what you've done before, but instead you need to continuously look to improve and think of new ideas on how to accomplish your chapter's goals.
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, running, and enjoying music.
Where are you from?