August 26, 2014: Washington, D.C.—As mandated by the Phi Kappa Tau Constitution, delegates elected three brothers to the National Council on July 2, during the 61st National Convention in Washington, D.C. The National Council serves as Phi Kappa Tau’s legislative body when Convention is not in session.
Then National Councilor Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94, was elected to serve as national vice president. Dovilla has held many volunteer roles at the chapter, regional and national levels, including Beta Omicron chapter advisor, Chesapeake Domain Director, Alpha Omega Graduate Council president, Beta Omicron scholarship advisor and Alpha Omega BOG chairman. An Iraq war veteran, Dovilla lives in Berea, Ohio, and is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, a small business owner, an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace and an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve.
“Over the past 21 years, my fraternal and professional experiences have had a symbiotic relationship with one another,” Dovilla said. “My years as a Phi Kappa Tau undergraduate and new alumnus prepared me for my career in public service, while those professional opportunities have in turn readied me for service at the highest levels of the Fraternity. I look at this next phase in my fraternity life as one of excitement, commitment, and challenge. I look to it with relish.”
Dale Holland, Kent State ’87, and J.H. Mahaney, Bethany ’87, were each elected to serve six-year terms on the National Council.
Holland is a loyal donor to the Foundation, a Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame member and has volunteered as a Presidents Academy facilitator. He served more than 20 years in the Air Force, including time as the presidential navigator and executive director of the Presidential Airlift Organization and as deputy director of the 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md. He now lives in Fort Washington, Md., with his wife and family and is the vice president of business development for Satcom Direct Communications.
“I am very honored to have been elected.” Holland said. “This is a position that I do not take lightly and I promise that my actions will always be committed to the good of the Fraternity, and in the best interests of the brothers, our chapters and our colonies as stated in the Constitution and Statutes of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. The thing that I am most looking forward to is helping our great Fraternity plan and set a course for the continued success for the next 100 years.”
Mahaney is a managing partner of litigation at Huddleston Bolen LLP. Professionally, he has been recognized for excellence by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America, West Virginia SuperLawyers and Benchmark Litigation. He lives in Huntington, W.V., with his wife and family.
Due to Dovilla being elected national vice president, there was a vacancy created on the National Council. Following protocol in the Constitution and Statutes, National President Rick Keltner, Sacramento State ’76, nominated Bob Plumleigh, Southern California ’47, to fill the vacancy.
The National Council ratified the nomination. Plumleigh will serve the remaining two years of Dovilla’s original National Council term.
Plumleigh is a Boles Society member, a Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame member and a recipient of the University of Southern California’s prestigious Alumni Service Award. Throughout his life, he has been a loyal donor to the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, his alma mater and numerous other charitable organizations. Plumleigh lives in Orange County, Calif., and owns Lord Plumleigh Imports, LTD.
Each of the men has already begun serving his term.
Members of the National Council participate in the officer installation during the Brotherhood Banquet.