Marshall James “Jim” Donathan Jr.
Awarded: Knight Commander’s Accolade – March 8, 2017
Awarded by Knight Commander Darren S. Kay during Session I of the 77th Convention at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.
While attending North Carolina State University, Jim Donathan found his way into a KA event which would lead to him being initiated into the Alpha Omega Chapter. During Jim’s undergraduate years, he served as the Number IX, Number III, and the Number I. Jim graduated from North Carolina State in 1975 with a degree in Psychology. After graduation, Jim continued his education at Appalachian State University where he graduated in 1981 with a Master’s Degree in Counseling.
Jim worked at Guilford College and Rhode Island School of Design before returning to Appalachian State University to work as an Academic Advisor. Later on, Jim became the Alumnus Advisor for the Delta Psi Chapter at Appalachian State from 1988 to 1994. Jim is a recipient of the Greek Advisor of the Year award for the 1993-94 academic school year and was also inducted into the Ed Chambers Smith Province Court of Honor in 1993.
Jim has worked at Elon University since the fall of 1994 as Associate Director of Academic Advising and the Director of Academic Support. He also has served as the faculty advisor for the Epsilon Mu Chapter at Elon University since 1995. In the 1997-98 academic year, Jim was a recipient of the Greek Advisor of the Year Award. Since then, Jim has also been a recipient of the Administrator of the Year award, the African/African American Studies Staff Person of the Year award, and the Excellence in Mentoring award all from Elon University.
Jim has been involved with Kappa Alpha Order in many ways other than his role as an Alumnus Advisor. He has served as the Smith Province Deputy Province Commander for Academic Affairs, has helped the Epsilon Mu chapter conduct their Council of Honor program ,and has been a recipient of the Order’s Faculty Advisor of the Year Award in 2000.