I look forward to working with you all as we guide Sigma Chi into its second 150 years of leadership and service. In the last year, preparing for this week, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on Sigma Chi’s history. It’s long and proud. We’ve produced many of North America’s most respected leaders-in government, business, athletics, the arts and countless other fields. We have sent our brothers to space, watched them collect awards for scientific breakthroughs and cheered as they led their teams to victory. We’ve had a great 150 years… but what of the next 150?
My brothers, Sigma Chi is at a pivotal moment in its existence, Greek organizations are under a cloud. Young people today are less inclined than ever before to seek out brotherhood on campus-even though they need it more, Too many people do not understand the value we offer-or the lasting contributions we’ve made to society.
We’ve spent the last two days discussing a bold vision and strategic plan for Sigma Chi, A plan to distinguish us from other organizations, A plan to clearly demonstrate the valuewe deliver. A plan to ensure that Sigma Chi will continue to thrive for yearsto come,
I pledge to LEAD Sigma Chi through the next critical years, to help ensure its long-term future. To make sure it’s around when our kids and our grand kids go to college. But what does that mean? It means that I’ll make sure Sigma Chi LEADs in every way that counts.