Matt Hunt has been appointed to serve as associate dean of the Greek Life Commons, after a national search. In his new role, Hunt will assist in creating and sustaining the vision and leadership for all aspects of the Greek Life Commons as an integral part of the CLASS initiative. Hunt also will provide support and advisement on issues unique to the Greek Life community, develop Greek Life programs, and address matters related to risk and liability management.
“Statistics show that in addition to a quality academic program, students are also looking for positive life experience opportunities in their search for a quality university,” said Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life. “Being a member of a Greek organization provides a wealth of opportunity for social and philanthropic interaction within the Greek, Rensselaer, and Troy communities. I am confident that Matt will provide the members of Greek Life with the support needed to nurture excellence, build community, and foster a commitment to student success.”
Hunt’s seven-year career spans leadership positions in higher education, where he also served as a consultant and speaker for national organizations focused on the student and Greek life communities. He began his career as a traveling leadership consultant for Pi Kappa Phi National Headquarters, later serving as director of chapter services. Prior to Rensselaer, Hunt served as coordinator of fraternity and sorority life at Arizona State University, where he advised 24 Interfraternity Council chapters and nine multi-cultural Greek Council chapters.
While pursuing his master’s in higher education and student personnel at the University of Mississippi, Hunt also served as the Interfraternity Council adviser and assisted in guiding the Panhellenic and National Pan-Hellenic councils. Hunt received his bachelor’s in political science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also became a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Since 2008, he has been a member of CAMPUSPEAK, a professional team of campus consultants who deliver presentations on student life topics. Hunt’s expertise focuses on risk management and quality control within the Greek community.
“I am excited and humbled to be joining the Rensselaer community,” said Hunt. “I consider myself lucky to be able to work with such a strong and respected Greek community of students and alumni and look forward to building a great relationship with all of the chapters and their alumni. I also hope to provide support for the students in the Greek Life community and plan to work with various internal and external groups to enhance the quality of the fraternity and sorority experience at Rensselaer.”
“Each year, more than one-fourth of Rensselaer’s freshmen students enter fraternities or sororities, where they share in the development of academic, professional, leadership, athletic, and social skills,” said Tom Tarantelli, acting assistant vice president for student life. “We look forward to working with Matt and the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development to facilitate a planning process with Greek representatives to develop an outline noting future plans, programs, and communication outreach.”
Greeks have an exceptionally long history at Rensselaer, with the first fraternities being established soon after the founding in 1824, and several alpha chapters still in residence today. To date, Rensselaer is home to 34 fraternities and sororities, with more than 1,300 members.
“CLASS is a campuswide partnership focused on cultivating leadership and personal development, which are already aspects of the Greek system, “ said Lisa Trahan, assistant vice president of the student. “By incorporating aspects of CLASS into the tradition of Greek life at Rensselaer, we hope to foster and stimulate its future growth and development.”
Dean of Students Mark Smith, who has worked with the Greek Life community for more than 10 years, noted that CLASS holds a number of opportunities for Greeks. “The Greek system will still retain its identity through CLASS,” said Smith. “The intent is to broaden the reach of Greeks, providing them with a better pipeline into campus activities across the board and enhancing their sustainability as an important part of the undergraduate experience.”
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