FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sid N. Dunn, Administrator
Fraternity Executives Association
James R. "Jim" Estes honored for his overall service by the Fraternity Executives Association
Kappa Alpha Order's 35th Knight Commander receives Distinguished Service Award
Carmel, Indiana (FEA) July 18, 2011 - The Fraternity Executives Association is proud to announce that James R. "Jim" Estes is the 2011 recipient of the Association's Distinguished Service Award. Jim accepted the award at the annual meeting of the Association on July 9, at the closing banquet held in Chicago, Ill.
The Fraternity Executives Association Distinguished Service Award is conferred upon persons who have contributed outstanding service in the betterment of all college fraternal organizations by such accomplishments as: Sustained and successful leadership in Interfraternity affairs and in support of the Fraternity Executives Association.
Jim has been a decades long volunteer to his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and to the interfraternal community at large. Starting as a chapter advisor and house corporation board president, he progressed to lead the chapters of the fraternity in the state of Missouri. In 1995 he was elected to the Executive Council, Kappa Alpha's board of directors. In 1997, he became the 35th Knight Commander or national president.
Following his four-year tenure as national president, Jim became involved with the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) the umbrella interfraternal organization for sixty-five inter/national men's fraternities. He served on its board beginning in 2001, was elected Chairman of the NIC board of directors in 2004, and received that organization's "Gold Medal" in 2010. He has been a zealous and passionate advocate for the fraternity and sorority movement, developing hundreds of relationships, both professional and personally, between volunteers, undergraduates, and professionals in the fraternal world.
About FEA: The Fraternity Executives Association, founded in 1930, is the professional association of men's and women's fraternity executives. It is dedicated to the common interests of its members and promotes, supports, and encourages the free discussion and exchange of ideas relating to college fraternal organizations.
About Kappa Alpha Order: Kappa Alpha Order and its first chapter were founded at Washington College in 1865, now Washington & Lee University. Organized on the knightly principles of chivalry, duty, and honor, the Order seeks to be the moral compass for the modern gentlemen. Kappa Alpha Order has initiated over 150,000 total members and has over 6,200 undergraduate members in its 120 chapters at campuses across the country.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (7/13/11) -- The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wade Lowhorn to its staff as Director of Public Policy effective August 1, 2011. Lowhorn's professional experience with government agencies, legislative affairs, advocacy management, and regulatory compliance will be a great asset in shaping this new public policy position to advance the fraternal industry.
Lowhorn received both his Bachelors in Political Science and Master's of Public Administration from Ball State University. In addition, Lowhorn has recently served as an Accreditation Consultant for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and was the Executive Director of the Indiana State Athletic Commission. Lowhorn also brings years of political and policy advocacy experience from staffing several campaigns and working with the Indiana General Assembly to advocate the legislative agendas of state government agencies.
As the Director of Public Policy for NIC, Lowhorn will coordinate a national advocacy strategy that will include communication with a wide variety of audiences including elected officials, government agencies, fraternal organizations, and college/university administrators to convey policy positions in an effort to develop effective coalitions for the advancement of fraternities. These policies relate to Freedom of Association issues, NIC Standards, relationship statements/agreements, restrictive recruitment and expansion policies and indemnification requirements. He will also develop strategies to identify industry trends and provide benchmarking information to member fraternities.
NIC President and CEO Peter D. Smithhisler stated, "Wade will be a great addition to the NIC staff and advance our agenda for fraternal advocacy. His professional skills and experiences will have an immediate impact on NIC's success in managing policy issues."
Lowhorn, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, resides in Indianapolis with his family.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
Founded in 1909, the NIC, through advocacy, collaboration and education, works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success. For more information regarding North-American Interfraternity Conference, please visit www.nicindy.org or call 317-872-1112.