Prepared by Kevin Boatright, Nebraska Wesleyan ’71, Secretary, Graduate Nominating Committee:
Members of the Committee were proposed by National President Michael Dovilla and approved by the National Council. They were proposed within defined categories: Higher Education, Executive Leadership/Governance, Accounting/Banking, For-Profit Business Management, Non-Profit Business Management, and Government/Policy. Dovilla stated that “All of the men nominated are Kappa Link donors [$5,000+ lifetime] to the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, meet or exceed all other requirements or recommendations contemplated by the Graduate Nominating Committee Policy, and enthusiastically accepted our request for them to serve the brotherhood in this capacity.” The Chair and Secretary were chosen by the Committee.
The Policy stipulates that the Committee “will maintain confidentiality about its operations during the selection process. The names of the members of the nominating committee will be withheld in confidentiality to diminish outside attempts at influencing the committee’s decisions until after the committee has selected the Slate.” The policy requires that “The names and a short biography of the Nominating Committee members must be provided at the National Convention before the presentation of the Slate to substantiate the quality of this process.”
CHAIRMAN: BILL FISHER, MIAMI ‘80
Fisher is a Trustee of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, having served from 2008-16 and again from 2018. He lives in Fairfax, VA and is Senior Consultant for DiMeo Schneider & Associates, a nationwide investment consulting firm. He services institutional clients by providing advice and counsel on all areas of fund oversight, including investment policy development, asset allocation, manager research, portfolio structure, rebalancing and performance monitoring. He previously served for nearly 18 years as Principal/Director of ORION Investment Advisors, which was acquired by DiMeo Schneider in 2017. He is active with several non-profit affinity groups, including the American Society of Association Executives, the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the Finance and Administration Roundtable. He also volunteers as a member of the Investment Committee for the Wakefield Country Day School in Flint Hill, VA. He received a B.S. in marketing from Miami University.
SECRETARY: KEVIN BOATRIGHT, NEBRASKA WESLEYAN ‘71
Boatright is a current member of the Upsilon Chapter Board of Governors, a multiple-year facilitator at Presidents Academy and Leadership Academy, a past Domain Director and presenter at a Regional Conference and Building Men of Character Retreats, and a current member of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee. He lives in Lawrence, KS and is Director Emeritus of External Affairs in the Office of Research at the University of Kansas. His career included corporate and foundation communications positions, as well as 35 years in external relations roles with public universities in three states. In addition to a B.A. in English and history from Nebraska Wesleyan, he received an M.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in history from the University of Northern Iowa, and an M.S. in higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
JOHN GRAY, OKLAHOMA STATE ‘04
Gray joined Phi Kappa Tau in 1960 but wasn’t initiated until 2004, at the 56th National Convention. He lives in Plano, TX and is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame. He left college to work for Boeing and then IBM in Kansas and Washington. Later, after completing a degree and while serving as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he was called to active duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served from 1993 to 2001 in the Partnership for Peace program, helping former Soviet republics deal with their civil protection agencies and become current in technology and methods of civil preparedness and crisis management. He retired from the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in 2002 as a full Colonel. He has subsequently worked as a task force leader for FEMA. He received a B.A. in business from the University of Washington and a masters in military and strategic leadership from the U.S. Air Force War College.
GREG HOLLEN, MARYLAND ‘75
Hollen is a past National President and past Vice Chairman of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, with more than 40 years of service at the national and regional levels of the fraternity. He is a past Executive Offices staff member, a current member of the National Council, and a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame. He chaired the Centennial Celebration in 2006 and has endowed an annual Phi Kappa Tau Foundation scholarship. The Greg Hollen Colony President Award is named in his honor. He lives in Mineola, TX, where he retired in 2017 as City Secretary/ Administrator for Quitman, TX. He is an accomplished human resources professional who has held multiple senior positions in the manufacturing and financial services industries. He received a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
WARREN MATTOX, NEBRASKA WESLEYAN ‘69
Mattox is chairman of the Upsilon Chapter Board of Governors and a Trustee of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, where he serves on the Chairman Membership Committee. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Alumni Engagement Committee and a multiple-year facilitator at Presidents Academy. He has also facilitated at Regional Conferences and Building Men of Character Retreats. He co-chaired the capital campaign that restored the Upsilon chapter house, and played a leadership role during its 2011-12 rechartering process. He lives in Omaha, NE and is a retired Director of National Accounts in the Consumer and Office Products Group of MeadWestvaco Corporation (now WestRock Corporation), for whom he worked for 32 years. He received a B.A. in education from Nebraska Wesleyan.
PAUL MIDKIFF, TEXAS-AUSTIN ’80
Midkiff is a member of the Beta Alpha Chapter Board of Governors and a past member of the Zeta Theta Chapter Board of Governors at the University of North Texas. (He was Beta Alpha Colony President for two years as it worked toward chartering.) He has facilitated at Leadership Academy and served on the National Housing Advisory Committee. For more than 20 years, he served on the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Ft. Worth, receiving its Volunteer of the Year Award and Chi Rho Award. He lives in Boerne, TX, where he has been a Senior Vice President and National Director of Wells Fargo’s Oil, Gas and Mineral Management Group since 2010. Previously, he was the Manager of the Specialty Assets Division at JPMorgan Chase for 14 years. He received a B.B.A. in petroleum land management from the University of Texas at Austin.
ALLYN SHAW, MICHIGAN STATE ‘85
Shaw is a past Domain Director and Dean of Building Men of Character Retreats. He is also the current National Education Adviser, a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee, and a multiple-year facilitator at Presidents Academy, Leadership Academy and Regional Conferences. He has served on the Alpha Alpha Chapter Board of Governors and Housing Corporation. He lives in East Lansing, MI and is Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Michigan State University, where he was previously Associate Director of Faculty and Organizational Development and Director of Leadership Development Programs. Earlier, he worked at the University of Richmond and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to a B.A. in communication from Michigan State, he also received an M.A. in college and university administration/student affairs, an M.A. in labor and industrial relations, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration – all from Michigan State.