PHA and IFC elect new executive boards

Elections were held Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, and newly elected members were installed Nov. 28 and will fully take over their roles at the start of next semester.
Members of the 2018 Panhellenic Association Executive Board. Courtesy of @MizzouPHC via Twitter

Elections for the new executive board for the Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council were held Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, respectively.

The new PHA president is Shelby Lofton of Sigma Sigma Sigma and the new IFC president is Jake Eovaldi of Delta Tau Delta. They are replacing former presidents Gabrielle Gresge and Devin Tarantino.

Along with the new presidents, all of the vice president positions were also filled. For PHA, the newly elected vice presidents include Anna Jaoudi, Annalise Ruzicka, Karrington Scott, Morgan Woods, Anna Pfeiffer, Megan Bartolac, Riley Christiansen and Emma Wibbenmeyer. For IFC, the new vice presidents are Josh Chodor, Cole Stauss, Ryan Trippel, Ethan Hayes, Mark Bremer, Troy Gilbert and Matt Oxendale.

To apply for a PHA executive position, candidates must fill out an application on OrgSync and present a speech in front of their respective chapter delegates, presidents and the current executive board. Typically around 30 people apply, and each chapter gets one vote, Lucia La Torre, current PHA vice president of public relations, said in an email. The chapter’s vote is decided by the chapter representatives present. The current executive board does not get a vote. For IFC, the process is the same.

“I’ve been doing [Missouri Students Association] for two-and-a-half years now, and the students I was serving on that were Greeks for the most part, so it just made sense to apply for IFC, too,” Eovaldi said.

Prior to the IFC and PHA elections, the university hired Dyad Strategies to conduct a review and risk management of Greek Life at MU. The report found issues with risk management, resource allocations, lack of strategic focus and other organizational issues.

“With the help and support of our current leadership, we will work toward the vision of a more inclusive and safe community outlined by the Dyad strategies,” according to a joint statement released by the IFC and PHA along with the other Greek councils on campus. “Through the guidance of our staff we have made strides in building relationships among our councils, and we look forward to continuing to do so toward the betterment of the MU Greek community.”

Although officers haven’t officially taken over their roles yet, the newly elected executive board will have to prepare to respond to the issues brought up by the Dyad report, but current members are confident they will properly deal with the issues.

“The current PHA executive board is confident in the abilities of our newly elected board,” La Torre said in an email. “We are certain that they are prepared to take on any changes coming in the next year and we look forward to seeing them continue to work towards the betterment of the Panhellenic community.”

Edited by Sarah Hallam |

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