Singleton Recognized for Continued Leadership in Fraternal Movement by North-American Interfraternity Conference
On Saturday, August 5, 2017, Former Knight Commander Dr. Idris R. Traylor, Jr. (Gamma Chi–Texas Tech ’70) and Former Knight Commander James R. Estes (Alpha Kappa–Missouri ’60), both past presidents of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), presented Gregory R. Singleton (Gamma Gamma–Memphis ’82) with the 2017 NIC Silver Medal at the Interfraternal Recognition Luncheon during the 77th Convention & Brotherhood Weekend at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. This honor recognizes Greg’s 25 plus years of service, his accomplishments, and his influence and contributions to the interfraternal community.
Greg began his career in the fraternal industry as an Educational Leadership Consultant for Kappa Alpha Order. Following his time as a consultant, Greg spent a year in Memphis as an educator within the public school system before he followed his true passion for working with college students. His work on college campuses includes roles at University of Memphis, Purdue University, University of Miami and currently, Austin Peay State University, where he serves as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students.
In addition to his professional capacities in higher education and student affairs, Greg has remained an active volunteer for various interfraternal organizations and KA. He served on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) for 18 years in roles that included SEIFC Advisor, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director. He is a former recipient of both the SEIFC and Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) Outstanding Greek Advisor Award and is also highly involved in volunteer roles for Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. He is a former Deputy Province Commander for KA and continues to serve the fraternity nationally as the current National Scholarship Officer since 2007 and as Commander of Forester (Eastern Arkansas and Western Tennessee) Province. Greg has also received the Knight Commander’s Accolade, the highest award bestowed upon an alumnus of Kappa Alpha Order.
In 2014, the NIC awarded Singleton with the Alumni Award of Distinction. In his nomination for that award, one individual remarked at how extensive the picture would be if one were to sketch out the many connections Greg has made and the lives he has influenced throughout his career. As one of his nominators this year wrote, “As a mentor, Greg has guided me in very important ways, supporting me as I create a successful path into the profession. Through Greg, I uncovered that our work is never finished—it begins with each of us and continues with those to whom you leave your influence and legacy on a daily basis. Therefore, Greg has not only lived up to this expectation but also exceeded it through his service to mentoring new professionals, conducting research, and promoting the advancement of the fraternal movement. Without Greg, I would not be who I am today.”
“To know Greg is to know a true professional,” another nominator wrote. “I could never fully articulate my admiration for Greg’s dedication to, service to, support of, and passion for fraternity and all that it encompasses.”
Finally, in the words of another nominator, “Greg is one of those rare men willing to give back to the fraternity so that other men might have the same transformational opportunity that he experienced. He has been a role model and mentor for countless students over the years.”
For more than 30 years, the Silver Medal has recognized leaders who have taken the lead role or roles in accomplishing tasks in advancing the fraternal movement through specific acts of service or leadership in a project or task. A total of four individuals were recognized in 2017 with the NIC Silver Medal for their outstanding commitment to interfraternalism.