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April 29, 2022

Update for social Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities

Submitted by Center for Student Involvement

For Kansas State University students who are members of social Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, please note that John Hatfield has been named the interim director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at K-State and will begin his new role on May 1.

Hatfield, who is a longtime fraternity advising and student leadership development expert, was appointed to the post by the alumni executive leadership committee for the Fraternity and Sorority Life office. He has been an independent contract fraternity advisor to the office since August 2021.

As director, he will be responsible for directing the Greek community comprising 23 fraternities and 14 sororities, as well as providing fiscal management and advisement to the independent student organizations Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council. He is a primary contact relating Greek life to students, parents, advisers, alumni, national fraternity and sorority staff, university administration, faculty and staff, and the community.

Additionally, he will supervise the work of two other part-time contract professional staff: Kaylie Towles, who works with the Panhellenic Council, and Jordan Kocher, former Fraternity and Sorority Life director, who will assist with sorority recruitment week this fall.

"John will provide needed support to our Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council officers," said Mary Vanier, chair of the Fraternity and Sorority Life alumni executive leadership committee. "His extensive background in leadership development and passion for the Greek life experience makes him ideal to lead our fraternity and sorority community until a permanent director is selected."

"John has made a significant impact this past school year providing one-to-one and group training to our fraternity presidents, recruitment officers and chapters," said Tim Lindemuth, president of the Alumni Fraternity Council. "Working with the Interfraternity Council leadership last February, they started a broadly focused recruitment weekend that introduced every chapter to every high school student seeking fraternity membership."

A 1977 graduate of K-State in animal sciences and business, Hatfield has a master's degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in educational psychology and college student development/leadership. His thesis concerned mentoring.

For 27 years Hatfield was a leadership consultant and strategic adviser working with college students for The Navigators Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was Kansas Campus Compact assistant director from 2012-2014. From 2014 to present, he has been national leadership director for Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, which made him an honorary member.

At K-State, Hatfield has been chapter adviser to Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in which he was an undergraduate member. He has served on several of the fraternity's national committees.

He has numerous published articles on Greek life and has been a presenter on that topic at national conferences.

Hatfield can be reached at jrhfield@gmail.com or at the Fraternity and Sorority Life office, 004 K-State Union, 785-532-5546.

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