The votes have been cast.
Several of Hillsdale’s Greek houses recently held their presidential elections for the upcoming semester, and the presidents-elect of Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, and Chi Omega said they are excited to lead their chapters into a new year at Hillsdale.
Many of the new presidents had already served terms in other officer positions. Sophomore John Duffy, newly elected president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, said he is thrilled to continue to serve the chapter, having already served one term as vice president.
“Maintaining what we do well and improving both our chapter strengths as well our weaknesses are certainly main goals,” Duffy said of his plans for next semester.
He added that the chapter is specifically hoping to refine its scholarship program.
“Additionally, we are planning to reformat some of our spring events,” Duffy said. “We have some really great guys with big ideas moving into leadership positions for the upcoming year. I’m excited to see what we can come up with.”
Sophomore Josh Brooks has been elected president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
“Josh has already demonstrated his leadership as our chaplain,” senior Delt Jonathan Wolff said of Brooks. “He has taken great initiative as our president-elect, so I’m very excited to see him lead Delt to great things.”
Brooks said he hopes he can do just that.
“When it was announced that I was a candidate for the presidency for Kappa Chapter of Delta Tau Delta, the only word to describe my reaction was ‘honored,’” Brooks said. “The brothers in Delta Tau Delta have the pleasure and opportunity to experience character growth and learn lifelong lessons that yield gentlemen of noble character.”
Brooks said as president he wants to guide his brothers to continue taking those lessons they learn in Delta Tau Delta and apply them to their everyday lives on campus.
“We acknowledge the abundance of grace and blessings we have received and wish to continue spreading a bit of that to the Hillsdale community as a whole,” he said. “I did not dream of being president, I’ve only ever wanted to serve the brotherhood in the best way I could.”
Junior Jonathan Anderson was elected by his brothers as the president of Sigma Chi. He said he is going to work to have the fraternity take back the Scholarship Cup, recruit strong pledge classes, hold successful philanthropic events and support those of other Greek houses, and continue promote values of virtue leadership.
Junior Maria Theisen, who will serve as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, said she is “humbled” to be elected as president.
“Serving in a leadership position in Kappa is something I have been interested in doing since joining,” she said.
Theisen added that she is particularly interested in working to enhance Kappa’s presence on the hill in the coming year, whether through partnering with other houses and dorms or working with campus organizations to put together more philanthropic and academic events.
“Kappa has a strong dedication to tradition that has been emphasized by the past few presidents in particular,” she said. “I really want to continue placing importance on this value, as I feel it contributes to the overall success of our house.”
Emma Klaserner, president-elect of Chi Omega, expressed similar excitement.
“My main goal for our house is to continue working to understand Chi Omega nationally and what our sisterhood represents,” she added.
Finally, Charlotte McFadden will be the next president of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
“Pi Phi has become a home to me and represents an extension of the ideals Hillsdale College challenges us to pursue,” she said. “Looking forward to next year, I am excited to work with the Pi Phi executive council to ensure that we have a great year by setting goals as a chapter that will further our values.”