Organization News, Press Release, Leadership
Kappa Announces New National Panhellenic Conference Delegate
Former Fraternity President Beth Black appointed to position
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2018) — Kappa Kappa Gamma appoints Beth Black, Illinois Wesleyan, to the role of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Delegate, which acts as a liaison between Kappa and NPC and influences the future of the sorority experience. Beth accepts the role following the retirement of Patty Gesell, Penn State.
"Beth's background and expertise are invaluable," Fraternity President Gail Owen said. "Her reputation and connections with fellow Greek-letter organizations make her the perfect national representative for Kappa Kappa Gamma."
Beth's background and expertise are invaluable. Her reputation and connections with fellow Greek-letter organizations make her the perfect national representative for Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Beth has held numerous roles within Kappa, including Director of Chapters, Vice President and Director of Programs and Education. Most recently, Beth served as President from 2014–18. During her tenure, she oversaw the successful transition of Kappa's organizational structure to a governance model and the move of Kappa Kappa Gamma Headquarters to a new space in Dublin, Ohio. Additionally, she has served on several NPC committees, including the Communications Task Force, the Structure Think Tank and the Structure Transition Committee.
With Patty's retirement, she concludes 39 years of service to Kappa and NPC. She has worked closely with Kappa's membership, serving at both the local and national levels. Patty has served on the Northeast Greek Leadership Association Board of Directors since 2005. In 2009, Patty was appointed NPC Delegate. Since then, she has served as the chairman of the NPC College Panhellenics Committee from 2014–16. In 2016, Patty was honored with the Loyalty Award, Kappa's highest honor.
"Patty's experience and insights in higher education have been instrumental to Kappa," Gail said. "We will miss having her part of our leadership team, but we know she'll continue to have a positive influence on Kappa and the fraternal movement."
Both Beth and Patty attended this month's National Panhellenic Conference Annual Meeting, marking the official transition.
"On behalf of all Kappas, I would like to thank Patty and Beth for their continued dedication to Kappa and the Greek-letter communities! Your impact and influence will be felt for years to come," Gail concluded.