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Governance - Executive Council

Chi Psi was established first at Union College in 1841 and became a national fraternity with a second Alpha at Williams College in 1842. In the early years, even as Alphas were being added quickly, no central governance was needed. Communication was frequent between the many Alphas and the National Convention held each year saw almost all brothers of the Fraternity.

In 1879, the office of the #7, National President was created. Revisions were being made yearly as to how the Fraternity should be governed and in 1891, the Executive Council was established. It has expanded over the years, its members today comprised of the current #7, Verne G. Istock, E '62; all living past presidents; nine alumni; and three undergraduate representatives. The Executive Council is assisted by an advisory board of currently nine alumni.

The Executive Council meets three or four times a year to oversee the governing affairs of the Fraternity between Conventions. It implements the directives of the Convention, oversees Central Office employees, grants preliminary colony status to prospective Alphas, and ensures that Fraternity activity conforms with the Constitution and By-Laws.

The Executive Council of Chi Psi Fraternity

Verne G. Istock, E '62, #7  –  Naples, Florida and Chicago, Illinois

James Haltom, Σ '03, Chairman – Nashville, Tennessee

James Van Dyke, E '01, Vice Chairman - Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Steve M. Rickmeier, EΔ '69 - Lake Forest, Illinois

Samuel C. Bessey, HΔ '97, #23    Nashville, Tennessee

Max Rubin, ΥΔ '08 - Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Kurt Wells, MΔ ’95 – Cincinnati, Ohio
 David O. Woodruff, AΔ '81 - Athens, Georgia

William B. Wrightsman, HΔ '84 - Henderson, Nevada

Mark G. Day, ѰΔ `70 - Scottsdale, Arizona


Undergraduate Regional Representatives

Michael Tobin, Iota ’19 -Midwest

John Simpson, Psi Delta ’20 - West

Matt Ferdenzi, Pi ’19 – Northeast

Benton Dodd, Gamma ’20 – Southeast          

Walt Nicholas, Omicron ’18 – Mid-Atlantic


Council Members Emeritus:  
W. David Romoser, ZΔ '65    Mequon, Wisconsin
Michael Kosusko, 
Ξ '77    Durham, North Carolina
Harold G. Arnwine II, T
Δ '86, NΔ '02    New York, New York

Past #7’s:
Dr. George W. Ray III, A '54  
  Lexington, Virginia
Robert C. Preble Jr., X '44  
  Chicago, Illinois
Carleton A. Holstrom, 
I '57  
  Pipersville, Pennsylvania

Daniel B. Ahlberg, MDN '67, #7    Bonita Springs, Florida 

and Golden Valley, Minnesota

Council Advisory Board Members:
Dr. John T. Austell, B '61  
  Columbia, South Carolina
J. Lee Cook, 
Δ '74    Atlanta, Georgia
Paul W. Landaker, 
Δ '75    Portland, Oregon
Craig S. Chelius,  ΘΔ '83  –  Seattle, Washington

Michael F. O'Neill, X '87    Westfield, New Jersey
Todd A. Fouts, Z
Δ '89    Edelstein, Illinois
Adam Wellman, E '93  
  Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mark S. Puzella, A '94    Cohasset, Massachusetts
Steven A. Starnes, E '01 - Arlington, VA
Jason Rericha, PΔ '06   Charlotte, North Carolina
Victor Jaworski, IΔ '07    Boston, Massachusettes


Steve M. Rickmeier, EΔ '69, Chairman - Lake Forest, Illinois

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