|Alumni Advisory Boards|
Alumni enjoy several opportunities to continue their involvement in Chi Psi Fraternity. One of the most impactful of these is involvement with and participation in the activities of an Alpha's Alumni Advisory Board. These groups of volunteer mentors, coaches, and advisors are stewards of the Alpha's experience and provide valuable perspective to our undergraduate leaders. The Fraternity's most successful Alphas rely on the support of alumni volunteers to help them maintain a consistency and congruence with our values. Alumni maintain the corporate memory of an Alpha, offer a broader perspective on its history, course, and vision, and are more adept at developing executable plans. By lending their assistance, alumni can ensure that an Alpha achieves excellence in all areas of operation.
Whether you are interested in establishing or increasing your involvement with an Alumni Advisory Board or you want to start one for your Alpha, you are in the right place. This manual will provide you the information you need.
Benefits of Involvement
Continued involvement with Chi Psi through an Alumni Advisory Board carries several benefits. Your interactions will help you
Alumni have played an integral role in Chi Psi's success at the undergraduate level. This support has most often been visible in the ownership of an Alpha's Lodge. Historically, Lodges are owned by Alumni Corporations, and this arrangement has provided continuity and protection. Until recently, Corporation boards had little difficulty managing all activities and providing all local support services to the Alpha's undergraduates. But the needs of Chi Psi's undergraduates have changed, and many Alumni Corporations find themselves lacking the bandwidth to manage the property and provide the support our young leaders need to succeed. The litigious climate in which our Alphas operate today compounds this difficulty and necessitates a new group of alumni to help the Corporation manage all that must be done.
From this need for additional support came the development of Alumni Advisory Boards. Corporations divested from their operation the advising and support services for the Alpha's undergraduates and transferred them to the Advisory Board. In this model, while the Corporation focuses on maintaining the property and related issues, the Advisory Board focuses on
This model helps prevent the overextension of any one board by dispersing the many necessary activities throughout. It provides a shield from liability exposure and ensures that undergraduate advising, a high-level need for our undergraduates today, is prioritized. Finally, it provides an opportunity for specialization and allows alumni to focus on specific areas of the Chi Psi experience that interest them the most.
Why divest advising activity from the Alpha's Alumni Corporation?
This two board structure provides comprehensive support for Chi Psi's Alphas when each is manned at an appropriate level. Many Alphas have added a third board, a local educational foundation, that makes the support offered even more comprehensive. For this reason, Chi Psi Fraternity supports and promotes a "Three Board Model” of alumni governance for its Alphas. Of course, for many Alphas, one of more of these boards may be unnecessary in light of housing scenarios and resources provided by the host institution. However, regardless of the operating environment, each Chi Psi Alpha needs an Advisory Board.
A properly functioning Advisory Board: