PHILADELPHIA – The Phi Mu Delta Fraternity and the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity are pleased to announce the hiring of Laura McConnell as joint Administrative Assistant.

McConnell (she/her/hers) is a 2011 graduate of the Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Theta Tau at the University of South Florida where she received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.  McConnell has worked in various capacities at Advanced Hand and Plastic Surgery Center in Wesley Chapel, Florida since 2012.  Laura lives outside of Tampa, Florida, with her husband Dan (who is also a Theta Tau brother and a member of the Theta Tau Executive Council) and their two children.

More than 180 people applied for this position.  The initial pool was narrowed down to a list of 20 semi-finalists by Theta Tau Director of Operations Ernestine Bethea.  Those twenty then underwent phone interviews with Phi Mu Delta Past National President Paul Kittle.  Dr. Kittle narrowed the 20 down to a list of 5 finalists who were then interviewed via video call with Phi Mu Delta Executive Director Tom Murphy, Theta Tau Executive Director Jim Gaffney and Director Bethea.

“We are pleased to have Laura joining us,” said Phi Mu Delta Executive Director Tom Murphy.  “Her years of administrative experience will add breadth and depth to the services we can offer our members.”

“We’re thrilled that Laura will be joining the team,” said Theta Tau Executive Director Jim Gaffney.  “Her membership in Theta Tau, as well as her extensive experience managing an office will bring a wealth of new experience and much needed new bandwidth to the Central Office.”

McConnell will begin work on October 10.

ABOUT THETA TAU: The Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity is a co-ed college fraternity for those pursuing degrees in engineering.  Founded at the University of Minnesota in 1904, Theta Tau is proud to be the nation’s largest engineering fraternity, with more than 100 chapters and Candidate Chapters, nearly 5,000 student members and nearly 40,000 total initiates.  Learn more at