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Changes aren't expected with new Greek Life cordinator

By Ayse Guner
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
June 21, 2000
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While the position of Coordinator for Greek Life Programs is opening up, both students and administrators in the greek community don't think it will bring any changes to Greek Life.

The current coordinator - Bob Gordon - is leaving on Friday and the Coordinating Council is conducting a national search to fill the position.

Brian Keintz, assistant director for Student Programs, is overseeing the search and said this will not suggest any possible changes within the Greek Life program.

"The new coordinator will maintain the same support for Greek Life and advise for development that was always provided," Keintz said.

The position requires a master's degree in higher education, or directly related fields, as well as two years of paraprofessional as well as professional work experience in Greek Life.

Applicants for the position will begin being reviewed July 5 and a decision is expected by September, said Kathy Adams-Riester, coordinator for Greek Life Programs.

Riester agreed a new coordinator will not affect Greek Life but added that Gordon will be missed.

"The Greek Life is a very student-run organization, where the students set the policy and self-govern," she said. "They will be following the goals and the initiatives they set for the year and continue doing what they have been doing as far as policies and standards that they voted for."

"Bob has done a great job. I am sorry to see him go from the position," she added.

Students will be involved in both the search and on-campus interviews when the candidates come to the campus, according to Riester.

Gordon is a graduate of Muskingum College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

He came to the University of Arizona in 1997, and prior to that, he was the Greek Affairs Advisor at Eastern Michigan University.

The on-campus interviews for the candidates consist of five different groups. These groups are the student staff, professional student life staff, student leaders, search committee and Keintz, who oversees the search.

"We have advisors to help us out, but all policies are voted for students," said Kathleen Haney, vice president of programming and an English junior. "Bob does a wonderful job."

Ayse Guner can be reached at city@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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