2017 Number I’s Leadership Institute Recap
The Number I’s Leadership Institute (NLI) was held at the Caraway Conference Center located in Sophia, North Carolina, from January 5th through the 8th, 2017. NLI is an intensive informational and educational retreat set at an upscale Christian conference center. The focus of the Institute is to educate and empower Number I’s to understand their role and responsibility as the chapter’s highest elected officer, recognize the tools and support systems provided, and to understand the standards and policies of operating an active chapter of Kappa Alpha Order.
Throughout the conference, 100% of the Order’s chapter presidents heard from Knight Commander Darren S. Kay (Alpha Eta–Westminster ’88), Former Knight Commander J. Michael Duncan (Delta Kappa–Stephen F. Austin State ’69), Senior Councilor C. Douglas “Bubba” Simmons III (Beta Tau–Mississippi State ’95), Councilor David. P. Barksdale (Tau–Wake Forest ’83), Executive Director Larry Stanton Wiese (Gamma Omega–Midwestern State ’87), Director of Leadership Education Tullis D. Beasley (Delta Rho–Valdosta State ’09), Forester Province Commander Gregory R. Singleton (Gamma Gamma–Memphis ’82), Assistant Executive Director of Advancement Jesse S. Lyons (Delta Alpha–Western Carolina ’98), National Chaplain Dwain P. Knight (Delta Kappa–Stephen F. Austin State ’04), and Chris M. Woods (Epsilon Theta–Western Kentucky ’03), Partner of Plaid.
Along with educational sessions, every Number I took their oath of office administered by Knight Commander Kay. Finally, during the Undergraduate Conference Michael “Hayden” Vick (Upsilon–North Carolina ’14) and Joseph M. “Joe” Szymanski (Gamma Chi–Texas Tech ’14) were elected as the 2017 National Undergraduate Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively. For more information on Hayden or Joe, view their bios HERE.
Photos of the 2017 Number I’s Leadership Institute, are available on Kappa Alpha Order’s Facebook page.
This educational retreat was made possible at no cost to the Number Is by generous donations to the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation from alumni and friends of the Order. For more information on how you can support NLI or the KAOEF, visit KAOEF.org.