Delta Upsilon STaff Leading Interfraternal Organizations
Delta Upsilon is proud to be an active participant in the interfraternal community. Just as we ask our chapters to be involved in their Interfraternity Councils (IFCs) and partner with a myriad of campus organizations, so does Delta Upsilon partner with fraternity/sorority organizations on the international level.
DU is proud to announce that this fall, two International Fraternity Headquarters staff members have assumed presidential roles with important interfraternal organizations. In August, Executive Director Justin Kirk, Boise State '00, was elected as president of the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE). Then in December, Senior Director of Educational Programs Noah Borton was elected as president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA).
FFE exists to support organizations and individuals interested in developing the next generation of fraternity/sorority leaders. It serves more than 60 fraternal foundations, including their professionals and volunteers. It was formerly known as the North American Interfraternity Conference Foundation, and changed names in 2018. As president of FFE, Kirk and his fellow board members are responsible for the strategic vision and direction of FFE and its programs and services.
Throughout his career, Kirk has volunteered with several other interfraternal organizations. He currently is a member of the governing council for the North American Interfraternity Conference. He is a past board member of the Fraternity Communications Association, the Omega Phi Beta Foundation, Synergos AMC, Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, and the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity (which has now merged with the Piazza Center at Penn State).
AFA is an association for fraternity/sorority professionals with the mission of developing professional competency, advancing research, advocating for the fraternity/sorority profession, and creating community. As AFA president, Borton leads a board of seven individuals in leading the organization. He has previously served AFA on its board of directors from 2014-2016 and as a co-editor of AFA’s Perspectives magazine.
Borton's election to president of AFA was historic as he is the first headquarters-based staff member to serve in the role in AFA's 47-year history. Previously, the role was reserved for campus-based professionals.
Delta Upsilon has a long history of staff members being involved in leadership roles throughout the interfraternal community. In addition to Kirk and Borton, two other current staff members have held presidential roles for fraternity/sorority associations. Director of Educational Programs Veronica Moore served as AFA's president during her time on staff at Temple University. Director of Communications Ashley Schowengerdt has also served as president of the Fraternity Communications Association.
DU Executive Director Justin Kirk, Boise State '00, photographed with his FFE president predecessor, Jen Webb
Senior Director of Educational Programs Noah Borton provided remarks at the AFA Annual Meeting following his election as AFA president.