It all started when Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70, discovered a passion for Flying Horse Farms, a SeriousFun Camp in Ohio. With his passion for SeriousFun and working with young people on the rise, and with his connection to his chapter at Michigan Tech strong, Michael started to become interested in Phi Kappa Tau at a national level.

That interest lead Michael to join the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2009. His hard work and dedication as a trustee was noticed, and he was eventually elected as its vice chairman. In 2015, the Board of Trustees elected Michael as the chairman of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation.

Michael’s tenure as chairman has seen a number of transformational advancements throughout all aspects of the Foundation. The key achievement was the creation and execution of the Foundation’s first comprehensive strategic plan. This plan focused the Foundation on alignment, relationships, engagement and communication.

In addition to its strategic plan, the Foundation experienced record results in fundraising under Michael’s tenure. The Foundation’s Brotherhood Fund (annual giving) grew steadily year after year and is now at an all-time high. During this time, the Foundation also launched intentional major gift and planned giving programs.

Michael will retire as chairman of the Foundation Board on December 31. Through his keen leadership, friendly demeanor and professional focus, the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is bigger, stronger and more productive than ever before in its history.

And, in the characteristic words of Brother Michael: “It is a great day to be a Phi Tau!”

This article appears in the December 2017 issue of the Laurel, which can be viewed online, in its entirety, at