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Pennington & Company Invests in the Fraternal Movement at Groundbreaking Level

Pennington & Company has stepped up with a bold investment in the fraternal movement at a turning point in its history, becoming the first-ever Distinguished Diamond sponsor of the North American Interfraternity Conference and NIC Foundation. The newly minted “Distinguished” sponsorship designation is reserved for partners who provide significant financial support to both the NIC and NICF. With a three-year commitment at our highest-donor level, Pennington’s investment will help the NIC bring the 2.0 vision to life and will aid the NICF in its mission to cultivate a culture of philanthropy. “We know the next several years are critical in the development of the NIC and in the future of fraternity,” said Patrick Alderdice, president of Pennington & Company. “We are excited by the NIC’s vision for enhancing the fraternal community. We hope to serve as an example to our colleagues, because its time for all of us to support what so many fraternities are coming together to create.” For more than a decade, Pennington & Company has made an annual investment in the fraternal foundation community through the NICF. This elevation in giving to both the NIC and NICF shows a desire “to provide resources to impact all levels of fraternity life,” said Alderdice. “Pennington & Company has long been a critical partner in the fraternal movement,” said NIC president and CEO Judson Horras. “This level of partnership—specifically...

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NIC Names Heather Matthews Kirk Chief Communication Officer (CCO)

Indianapolis – February 16, 2016. The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is pleased to announce the addition of Heather Matthews Kirk to the NIC staff in the new role of Chief Communication Officer (CCO). Kirk spent more than a decade working at Zeta Tau Alpha, including three years as Director of Education & Communication. She led the development and delivery of external and internal communication strategies for the international organization, as well as the creation of educational programs. The work of Kirk and her team won 17 Fraternity Communications Association awards and six NIC Foundation awards. Kirk became a member of...

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McRee Returns to NIC as COO

The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is pleased to announce the return of Mike McRee to the NIC staff in the new role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). McRee began his professional career at the NIC in 1995 as a Member Services Consultant. McRee became a member of Sigma Nu at Kansas State University, and earned his Master’s degree in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois. After leaving the NIC staff in 1997, McRee went on to serve as a campus professional at University of Oregon. He then spent 13 years in progressive roles at LeaderShape, Inc.,...

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Horras to Lead NIC 2.0 Restructuring

On Monday, January 11, 2016, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Governing Council selected Judson Horras, CAE to become President and CEO of the trade association representing inter/national men’s fraternities. Horras most recently served as the Administrative Secretary of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, while concurrently serving as Interim President and CEO of the NIC during its historic restructuring in fall 2015. “Judson is the ideal candidate to lead the NIC into its next generation. He brings an impressive track record of success at Beta. He led and sold the creation of a bold new strategic vision for the NIC at...

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North-American Interfraternity Conference Passes Landmark Reforms

The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) passed landmark reforms today to enhance the fraternity experience and increase standards for its member organizations and the 375,000 undergraduate fraternity men across North America. The reforms, as recommended by the NIC 2.0 Commission, were discussed through a comprehensive internal dialogue in an effort to best serve the needs of all 73 member fraternities. As a result, the NIC has established five priorities to instill trust and confidence in fraternities: Create an effective grassroots program for all Interfraternity Councils (IFC) and provide exceptional support for “Focus Campuses” in an effort to strengthen and build...

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