Kappa Alpha Order

Warren elected to NIC Board

Press release from the North American Interfraternity Conference

CONTACT: Pete Smithhisler
President & CEO
(317) 872-1112


INDIANAPOLIS (4/14/2014) – The Honorable David M. “Dink” Warren has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the international trade association representing 74 national and international men’s fraternities.  As a member of the nine-man board, Judge Warren’s responsibilities will include working with NIC member fraternities, other fraternal trade organizations and the higher education community. Throughout his one-year term, he will provide direction and leadership for the conference, including oversight of the CEO and guidance related to products, impacts, benefits, and outcomes of the organization.

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Judge Warren was initiated into Kappa Alpha Order at Wake Forest University in 1978. He began volunteering for the Fraternity immediately after graduating, serving as a local and regional volunteer, founding three alumni chapters of KA and serving as president of two. Judge Warren was elected to the Board of Directors for Kappa Alpha Order in 1995. He served as Vice President (Senior Councilor) from 1997 to 2001 when he was then elected as President (Knight Commander) of Kappa Alpha Order, from 2001 to 2003. He has also served as president of KA’s Fraternal Housing Corporation.  He currently serves as a director of the Kappa Alpha Order Education Foundation and as chair of the Scholarship Committee.

He is the current chairman of the Board of Directors of FRMT, Ltd., a Vermont captive reinsurance company with 32 member fraternities. Prior to his appointment to the NIC Board, Judge Warren served seven years on the Membership Committee of the Conference, including six years as Chair.

“I look forward to working with Dink in the coming year,” said NIC President and CEO Peter D. Smithhisler. “Given his significant volunteer service to fraternity in many arenas, Dink has deep expertise and passion for fraternity.”

Judge Warren, a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law, is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Prior to his appointment in October, 2013, Judge Warren was a partner in the Raleigh and Rocky Mount, NC offices of Poyner Spruill LLP where he specialized in business and consumer bankruptcy law primarily representing creditors.  He served as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for 24 years. He is a certified specialist in business and consumer bankruptcy law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification.

Warren lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Keena, who is a business development manager with the law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in Raleigh.  Their daughter Ashley, an initiate of Kappa Delta at Wake Forest University, is an account manager with MMI Public Relations in Cary, NC.  Their son McLean is a recent initiate of Kappa Alpha Order at Elon University where he is studying engineering.

Founded in 1909, the NIC, through advocacy, collaboration and education, works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success.


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