Theta Tau is pleased to announce that James Gaffney has been hired as its incoming Executive Director, effective September 1st. He will relocate to Miami later that month becoming the third Executive Director in the Fraternity's history. Please welcome him with a Hammer & Tongs Spirit!
Jim is a 2007 initiate of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he studied journalism. Since January of 2017, he served as joint Executive Director of the alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. and the Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc., respectively, the largest Asian-interest sorority and fraternity in North America. He was the first Executive Director for both organizations. In his time with LFE and aKDPhi, Prior to his work with aKDPhi and LFE, Gaffney served Kappa Sigma as District Grand Master (regional president) for the Upstate New York District, opened five new chapters in 14 months, and saw two chapters win the Founder's Award for Chapter Excellence, the highest chapter honor in the Fraternity. He was recognized with a distinguished service commendation from the Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma (national board of directors). When not working to advance the greek community, Gaffney has freelanced in stage design and amateur woodworking.
The hiring results from a search/selection process that began February 1. Conducted in a manner consistent with industry norms and the advice of professional staff, over 100 candidates (meeting qualifications defined in 2016) submitted applications; 12 were chosen for interview via Skype; and 3 were invited to Miami for final in-person interviews. Grand Regent Vann, Grand Scribe Collins, Alpha Kappa Psi Executive Director Steve Hartman, and Executive Director Abraham participated in the Skype and in-person interviews and made unanimous recommendation for Executive Council action. This closes an effort begun during the 2016-18 biennium by the previous Grand Regent that had resulted in one applicant. Plaid managed the search/selection process for Theta Tau. Our thanks to Plaid and Steve Hartman for assistance and advice. The Fraternity thanks Brother Abraham for his 27 years of dedicated work (including 23+ years as Executive Director) during which Theta Tau's development and growth have been unprecedented, as well as his 20 years of volunteer service as the 1st Executive Director of the Theta Tau Educational Foundation.