National President Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace ’94, today announced the formation of a Convention Review Commission (CRC) charged with conducting a full-scale review of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity’s national biennial gathering.
“As the Fraternity implements its new strategic plan, Phi Kappa Tau 2020: Refocusing Our Vision and continues transforming for the 21st century, it is important that National Convention honor our brotherhood’s rich heritage while embracing needed change,” said President Dovilla. “Since the past two Conventions, many brothers have approached me to express the view that we ought to raise the bar with respect to Convention expectations, programming, and results. The Convention Review Commission will work diligently to make such recommendations for National Council consideration and action.”
On 62 occasions since 1911, Phi Kappa Tau brethren have met in convention assembled to debate the issues of the day and to elect leaders, but never before has the organization paused to conduct a comprehensive assessment of this major event that generally has met every two or three years since 1936.
Prescribed in the National Constitution and Statutes, National Convention is the Fraternity’s supreme legislative body. Above and beyond its governance responsibilities, however, Convention represents many undergraduates’ most impactful experience with the National Fraternity during their college years. Likewise, it is often a reentry point for graduate brothers who seek to engage as volunteers with Phi Kappa Tau. It is critical that the event be a positive one that provides meaningful professional development, interaction with renowned speakers, and ample networking opportunities – among other compelling elements.
“The CRC will engage in a stem-to-stern critical examination of Phi Kappa Tau’s National Convention,” stated Dovilla. “Our alumni and undergraduates lead full lives with robust professional, personal, and community obligations. We are competing for their attention – not to mention their time and money – in a very crowded space. These brothers deserve a Convention experience that offers value on a level they associate with the high-quality conferences they attend in their professional careers or on their university campuses. And we intend to provide it.”
The CRC’s initial membership is composed of the following brothers:
- Gregory D. Hollen, Maryland ’75, Past National President – CRC Chairman
- Charles T. Ball, Miami ’80, Past National President
- Adam D. Goetz, Clemson ’95, Past Director of Chapter Services
- Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97, Chief Executive Officer
- Robert M. Reese, Jr., Kent State ’87, Past Director of Expansion
President Dovilla has asked the Convention Review Commission to provide its findings and recommendations to the National Council in time for its winter meeting in February 2017, allowing time for the Executive Offices staff and Cleveland 2018 Host Committee to act on anything the board may approve for action. To offer your input to the CRC, please contact CEO Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97.