Letter From the CEO

Dear Brothers:

This is my first Lion article since I became the Chief Executive Office of Alpha Epsilon Pi. It’s an honor to be entrusted with helping to lead this organization that has meant so much to me.

Before I go any further, I would like to recognize my predecessor, mentor, friend, and brother –Andy Borans.

I am proud to say that Andy has done more for the growth of AEPi than any other brother in the history of our fraternity. During his tenure as Executive Director, we’ve grown to new – unimaginable – heights. We’ve expanded to Israel, Europe and Australia. We initiate more young men into AEPi each year than we ever have. We’re financially stable and a model for our interfraternal peers.  Our standing in the world as a Jewish organization of consequence has never been stronger.  All of this success is a direct result of the unceasing hard work of Andy Borans.

I owe it to Andy and all of our brothers to continue our current trajectory and I’m prepared to do just that. This is an especially difficult time for both fraternities and Jews on college campuses. Rising anti-Semitism, anti-Israel rhetoric and the BDS movement is making our mission of developing the future leaders of the Global Jewish community even more important.  We cannot – and we will not – change our course of providing young Jewish men with the leadership development tools and training they need to help lead our communities during this time.

The climate on campus for fraternities in general is also challenging.  We need to continue to do a better job to educate chapters about proper behavior and appropriately deal with those chapters who are unwilling to behave properly.  But, at the same time, we are going to support our chapters and undergraduate brothers against the rising trend of scapegoating Greek life for all of the ills of campus student life and we are going to hold educational institutions accountable to follow their own judicial processes. I will not back down on these promises.

I’m looking forward to the challenges and responsibilities of being the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Working with our undergraduate and alumni brothers, I know that we can continue to fulfill our mission on college campuses. Thank you to the Supreme Board of Governors and all of our brothers for the faith you have placed in me. I will not let you down.

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