Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

A Message from the Grand President

August 22, 2013

Dear Brothers and Friends,

You’re not alone in wanting more from SigEp.

Undergraduates and volunteers across the country are asking us to do more to support and grow the programs that make SigEp the envy of the fraternity world.

Our vision is to be valued partners in higher education and our mission is Building Balanced Men. To achieve that, we must offer our young brothers something that isn’t provided in a classroom – the leadership, social and professional skills that support excellence in college and beyond.

More undergraduates are learning these skills from SigEp than ever before, but a lack of funding still restricts access to Fraternity programs for thousands of brothers each year.

To meet a growing demand, our undergraduates passed historic legislation at our 53rd Grand Chapter Conclave that will forever change the way we support the undergraduate experience.

Historic legislation

The Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation and its small but hardworking staff have faithfully served our Fraternity since 1943. Over the years, their work and the generosity of alumni and friends has allowed SigEp to launch innovative programs like EDGE, Carlson Leadership Academies, the Ruck Leadership Institute, the Tragos Quest to Greece and Life After College.

Earlier this month at Conclave, our undergraduates agreed with Fraternity leadership that these vital programs require a new approach to generating the critical dollars necessary to fund them. They discussed the need to expand our reach to more alumni in the most effective, cost-efficient way possible.

Undergraduate delegates voted to establish the SigEp National Advancement Council, a committee of passionate alumni and volunteers charged with sharing the SigEp story, mobilizing other volunteers and increasing the Foundation’s financial support to our development programs.

To further facilitate this historic call to action, National Directors and Foundation Trustees reorganized Foundation leadership and created a consolidated Headquarters staff structure. I can say confidently that SigEp has three of our best men leading the charge:

  • Having faithfully led SigEp as President of both the Fraternity and Foundation boards, Brother Garry Kief, Southern California ‘70, has graciously agreed to serve as the first Chairman of SigEp’s National Advancement Council.

  • We are equally fortunate to have former Grand President and Fort Hays State University President Dr. Ed Hammond, Emporia State ’66, leading the Educational Foundation’s refocused efforts as President of the Board of Trustees.

  • SigEp Executive Director Brian Warren, Virginia ‘04, will guide the consolidated operations of the Fraternity, SigEp National Housing and the Educational Foundation as SigEp’s Chief Executive Officer. This is a new title for Brother Warren that better reflects his expanded duties.

I’d like to offer a special thank you to outgoing Foundation President Jay Hurt, Davidson ‘88, and all former Foundation Trustees. Their leadership has been critical to SigEp’s advancement, and their many years of devoted service will continue to be an example for us all.

Moving forward

In the coming months you’ll hear more from alumni and volunteers who believe in our cause as much as you and I do. I hope that they will have your continued support. Know that they have mine.

Thank you for believing in our youngest generation of SigEps, and for helping us change lives - one balanced man at a time.


Phil Cox

Phillip A. Cox
Grand President

P.S. For more information on the SigEp National Advancement Council and the Conclave legislation, please visit our frequently asked questions.

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