ECU Chancellor appoints task force to examine troubled Greek life system

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN)- ECU's Chancellor has appointed a task force to examine Greek life following recent fraternity and sorority suspensions at the university.

In a news release, ECU says the 16-member task force was appointed by Chancellor Cecil Staton to examine major aspects of Greek life at the university, to identify and consider nationally recognized best practices, and to offer recommendations to strengthen the community on campus.

The task force will be made up of alumni, faculty, community leaders and students.

Officials say they will also take a close look at current practices surrounding internal governance and accountability of Greek organizations campus councils; review recruitment and education of new Greek organization members; assess current policies and practices for social, educational and other activities engaged in by Greek organizations; and review university governance and oversight of Greek organizations.

It was this past weekend that the Alpha Phi sorority was suspended indefinitely for unspecified reasons. Several other fraternities have closed at the university: Sigma Phi Epsilon in 2017, Tau Kappa Epsilon & Delta Chi in January of this year, Sigma Alpha Epsilon in March of this year, and Phi Kappa Tau in May of this year.

A final report is expected from the task force by December 14th
Members of the task force are as follows:

Co-chairs:
Bob Plybon of Greensboro, CEO of Plybon & Associates, ECU alumnus, member of ECU Board of Trustees

Kandie Smith of Greenville, member of the Greenville City Council and & immediate past president and social action chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Members:

Rhys Collins of Cary, ECU student and president of the Interfraternity Council

Katy Houser of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ECU student and president of the Panhellenic Association

Jeff Foster of Greenville, Pitt County Superior Court judge and member of ECU Board of Visitors

Kelly Joyner of Greenville, ECU alumna and local advisor to Alpha Delta Pi sorority

Carolina Juanico-Cela of Winston-Salem, ECU student and president of the Multicultural Greek Council

Jordan Koonts of Raleigh, ECU student, president of ECU Student Government Association

Vonta Leach of Fayetteville, ECU alumnus, former ECU and NFL football player, member of Omega Psi Phi

Fielding Miller of Raleigh, CEO of CAPTRUST, ECU alumnus, member of ECU Board of Trustees

KJ Staton of Greenville, ECU student and president of the National Panhellenic Council

Jon Barnwell, chief of ECU Police

John Mountz, director of Greek life at ECU

Doug Schneider, ECU professor in the College of Business and faculty advisor to Alpha Delta Pi sorority

Catherine Staton, Greek life advocate

Megan Ayers, assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees.