Four appointments to the Board of Trustees will be voted on by Convention delegates in the legislation hall. Jonathan Brant, Miami ’75, and Scott Fussell, Middle Tennessee State ’95, look to be elected to the Board of Trustees for their first terms, Brant as General Fraternity President. Trustees seeking reelection include Nick Sexton, Eastern Kentucky ’11, and Joel Stern, UC Irvine ’94.
Brother Jonathan Brant then enjoyed his first opportunity to serve on Beta Theta Pi at the Administrative Office in Oxford, initially as administrative assistant and then serving as Administrative Secretary (now the chief executive officer) from 1977-1982. He later transitioned to the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana as their Executive Vice President. Jonathan returned to Oxford as Chief Fundraising Officer of the Beta Theta Pi Foundation, retiring in 2021. During his second stint on staff, Beta Theta Pi benefitted from more than $60 million in total gifts for the Beta Leadership Fund. Brant remains active in alumni activities in Central Indiana and serves as delegate at General Conventions for the Indianapolis Beta Alumni Association.
After serving in countless officer roles for his chapter, Scott Fussell joined the Administrative Office staff after graduation, serving as a chapter management consultant, now known as chapter development consultants. While on staff, he elevated our recruitment strategies and tactics while also leading the original draft of the Knox Award criteria. He also coordinated the Convention Model Initiation in 1995 and 1996, a ceremony he would continue to coordinate as a volunteer for roughly a decade. After his time on staff, Scott served as Assistant District Chief of District 18 (Tennessee). After moving to Indianapolis, he became a District Chief and was later appointed Regional Director. His contributions to the Fraternity earned him the Regional Director of the Year Award for 2002–2003. Professionally, Scott serves as the Director of Education for CSL Management, a facilities management firm focused on fraternity and sorority housing. He is also the co-founder of The Shift Initiative, a mental health and wellness nonprofit organization.
During his term on the Board of Trustees, Nick Sexton has served on the Performance Monitoring & Finance Committee and Stakeholder Engagement Committee. He also serves as the Chair of the Education Subcommittee for the Fraternity’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Prior to his Board service, Nick volunteered in numerous roles for the General Fraternity including District Chief, Risk Management Advisor, Foundation Ambassador, and Lead Facilitator for programs such as Keystone Conferences and the Wooden Institute.
Joel Stern seeks his second term on the Board of Trustees. He previously joined the Administrative Office staff in Oxford upon graduation, first as a chapter management consultant (now known as a chapter development consultant) and then as director of expansion. He had the honor of consulting with new chapters and helped start the Truman State and Southern Illinois chapters, and the reestablish the Clemson and Washington in St. Louis chapters.