The Executive Committee (Board of Directors) meets at least four times per year and via conference calls in the intervening months between quarterly meetings. It has general supervision of the Fraternity during the recess of the Grand Chapter and Grand Council.
The Executive Committee is composed of 12 members. The Grand Consul serves as chairman and the Grand Pro Consul as vice chairman. Other members are the Grand Quaestor, the immediate Past Grand Consul, a Grand Trustee nominated by the Board of Grand Trustees, two Grand Praetors nominated by the Grand Praetors, one alumnus member-at-large and the two most recent International Balfour Award winners. These nine members serve for two years. Two undergraduate representatives also serve one-year terms on the committee. The committee directs the Fraternity budget and expenditures, acts upon recommendations and reports from the various boards and committees and, in coordination with the Executive Director, assigns duties to the International Headquarters staff. It administers the endowment and trust funds of the Fraternity and establishes Executive Committee Regulations, which are a part of the Governing Laws.
The committee makes recommendations concerning undergraduate chapter problems, and may place on probation or suspend any undergraduate chapter charter. It investigates petitions for undergraduate chapter charters, and grants charters to alumni chapters and associations. It has appellate jurisdiction over the suspension or expulsion of members with authority to reinstate and the power to try any member for offenses specified in the Constitution and Statutes.
Additional duties of the committee include scheduling Grand Chapter and Grand Council meetings; determining province boundaries and their makeup; making contracts and regulations regarding the use, manufacture, sale and distribution of Fraternity insignia; and designing a uniform system of bookkeeping, records-keeping, minutes-recording, house rules and scholarship regulations. The members of the committee are also the directors of the Sigma Chi Corporation.
Seventy-first Grand Consul and Order of Constantine Sig Steve Schuyler, ARIZONA 1979, was initiated into the Beta Phi chapter in 1977, after completion of his service in the U.S. Army’s military police. He served the chapter as recruitment chairman and as Consul, and has continued supporting Sigma Chi at the international and local levels throughout his professional career. He has served the Arizona undergraduate chapter as its chapter advisor, as co-chairman of the Beta Phi Campaign for Excellence, founder of the Beta Phi Hall of Honor and the Beta Phi Consuls Association, and as the president of its house corporation. He has also served the International Fraternity as president of the Tucson, Arizona, alumni chapter, a member of the former Journey Operating Board and Cornerstone mentoring program, a Balfour LTW faculty member, and on the Board of Grand Trustees, which he served as vice chairman. He was inducted into the Order of Constantine in 2014.
Schuyler began his real estate career in 1979 with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Management Services. In 1984, he joined Consultant Property Management and Investors, Inc. as Senior Vice President, and was soon after named Executive Vice President and Broker for Consultant Properties. In 1987, he jointly formed Partners Management and Consultants, Inc. Schuyler was awarded the professional designation of Real Property Administrator (RPA) by the Building Owners and Managers Institute International in 1996, and the professional designation of Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) in 2000.
Grand Pro Consul and Order of Constantine Sig Tim Sanderson, WESTERN ONTARIO 1985, was initiated into Sigma Chi on Dec. 3, 1983. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario and earned the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute in 1994. He has served the General Fraternity in a variety of capacities at both the international and province levels. Sanderson was the founding chapter advisor for the former chapter at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, from 1986 to 1990; Grand Praetor for the former Ontario-Quebec province from 1993 to 2003; and has 25 years of volunteer service within the Ontario province.
Internationally, Sanderson has provided mentorship and officer-specific training to undergraduates at the annual leadership training workshop since 1987, and has served as team lead for the workshop’s Quaestor division from 2007 to 2018. He has served the Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation as a board member from 1995 to 2015; as vice chairman from 2000 to 2003; and as its chairman from 2003 to 2013. He has also loaned his services to the Sigma Chi Foundation Board of Governors from 2005 to 2013.
Professionally, Sanderson is the managing director of Tapiola Holdings Ltd., in Toronto, and has more than 25 years experience as a professional Money Manager.
Ryan Temby, RUTGERS 1990, served as Consul of the Theta Sigma Chi colony for 2 years, and was later named a founder of the Iota Psi chapter. As an undergraduate, he founded and incorporated the Rutgers house corporation. Continuing his support of Sigma Chi as an alumnus, he was a chapter risk manager for five years and a chapter advisor, as well as is a facilitator for the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop, Mission 365 recruitment training workshop, Crossroads drug and alcohol program, and Journey chapter development program. He serves on the New Chapter Development Committee and the Derby Days Committee, and is the Grand Praetor of the Southern Ohio province.
Temby began working for Hewlett Packard in 1998 and held many positions in the company. He is currently a vice president of PCMS Datafit. He married his wife, Heather, in 1996, and has two children, Matt and Eryn. He also serves on the Zoning Appeals Board Committee in Powell, Ohio, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing video games in his spare time.
Seventieth Grand Consul Tommy Geddings Jr., SOUTH CAROLINA 1985, pledged Sigma Chi on Aug. 1, 1981, and was initiated on Nov. 14 of that year. Since his graduation, Geddings has served the Fraternity in various capacities at the local and international levels. His Fraternity Executive Committee experience includes two terms as the Grand Trustee representative from 2007 to 2011; Grand Quaestor, or international treasurer, from 2011 to 2015; and as Grand Pro Consul, or international vice president, from 2015 to 2017 until being elected the Fraternity’s 70th Grand Consul at the 81st Grand Chapter in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 24.
Geddings earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina in 1985, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1987. In 1988, he started his career in the legal field through the Clarendon County Public Defender Corp., where he worked as an assistant public defender. From 1988 to 1991, Tommy was an associate at the law firm Coffey, Cooper, Chandler and DuRant, and from 1989 to 2003 he was an adjunct professor at Central Carolina Technical College. In 1991, Geddings founded the Geddings Law Firm, where he remains as owner and managing attorney. He lives in Manning, South Carolina, with his wife, Jane, and is the proud father of William Geddings III, SOUTH CAROLINA 2014, and daughter Mary.
Grand Praetor representative and Order of Constantine Sig Don Hester, BALL STATE 1981, serves a two-year term on the Executive Committee as one of two Grand Praetor representatives elected at the 82nd Grand Chapter in Salt Lake City in June 2019. Hester serves as Grand Praetor of the Northern Indiana province. Hester serves the Fraternity in many capacities aside from his Praetorial duties – he is a trusted and longtime faculty member within the recruitment division at Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop (TLW), and he also serves the Horizons Huntsman Leadership Summit program as a guide during the summers. Hester also serves as a certified Ritual Peer in his province. Hester also served on the Consul faculty at Krach TLW. Professionally, Don works as a strategic accounts manager at Pratt Industries in Carmel, Indiana.
Asher Kalef, CAL. STATE-SAN BERNARDINO 2011, was initiated into the Fraternity on June 6, 2009, and became Consul of his chapter the following year. After graduating, he immediately joined the Cal. State-San Bernardino chapter advisor’s board and eventually became assistant chapter advisor. After attending Alumni Facilitation Training at the 2012 Balfour Leadership Training Workshop (LTW), now called the Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop, he began facilitating Journey chapter development programs in his area. In 2013, he joined the Consul faculty team at Balfour LTW, which he now serves as vice chairman. In 2014, he became a Ritual Peer and Assistant Grand Praetor, and in 2015, was elected Grand Praetor of the Southern California province. In the 2017 to 2019 biennium, he served on the Chapter and Member Accountability Committee and Mission 365 recruitment training workshop committee, and became a Horizons Huntsman Leadership Summit Guide — facilitating at the summit for the first time in June 2019. His favorite moment as a Grand Praetor so far was the installation of Cal. State-San Marcos chapter in November 2015.
Professionally, Kalef is a strategic account manager for Anaheim Broadcasting Co., focusing on new business development, customer service and market research. In his free time — of which Sigma Chi takes a lot of — he enjoys travel, golf and anything to do with cars.
Bob Wilson, FORT HAYS 1981, was initiated into the Fraternity on May 6, 1978. He served his chapter as philanthropy chairman, Quaestor and Consul, while serving Fort Hays State University as its student body vice president and chairman of the student senate. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science, and a bachelor of science degree in economics. Wilson began volunteering with the Fraternity while pursuing his master’s degree in international economics at the University of Denver. There, he engaged with the Delta Iota chapter as its chapter advisor and with Denver Alumni Chapter as the secretary-treasurer. The summer following his graduation from Fort Hays, he began as a Balfour Leadership Training Workshop (LTW) facilitator. At various times, he served on the Quaestor, Magister and Recruitment faculty teams, and chaired the latter for Team Balfour. He earned the William H. Carlisle Jr. Outstanding Workshop Faculty Award in 1998. He became a Horizons leadership development program facilitator in its inaugural year, and served on the board that created the Mission 365 recruitment training program, continuing as a facilitator and as chairman of the Mission 365 operating board twice. Selected as Grand Praetor for the Rocky Mountain province, he served 10 years in that role. During that time, he helped to reactivate the Pikes Peak Alumni Association. Wilson joined was inducted into the Order of Constantine in 2003, and was elected as the Fraternity’s Grand Tribune in 2015.
Professionally, Wilson started his commodity trading career in Denver while in grad school. He is a founding partner in hedgersedge.com, a consulting firm for the agri-business community. The family interests continue in farming and ranching. Community service includes time as a 4-H leader, president of his Parish Council and member of the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council at his alma mater. Deb, his college sweetheart, agreed to marriage more than 30 years ago and remains the cornerstone in his life. His daughter, Dylan, and son Brody Wilson, NEW MEXICO STATE 2014, complete his foundation.
Grand Trustee representative and Order of Constantine Sig Rick Lewandowski, RIPON 1975, serves a two-year term on the Executive Committee following his election at the 82nd Grand Chapter in Salt Lake City in 2019, where he also was a member on the resolutions committee. He serves as Grand Trustee in the Fraternity’s North Central region. In previous service to Sigma Chi, Lewandowski served two terms on the Executive Committee as the Alumnus-at-Large representative and as chairman of the Alumni Services Committee. He additionally has served on the organization’s Chapter and Member Accountability Committee (CAMAC), Governing Laws Committee and Legal Affairs Committee. He also is as a Ritual Peer. He previously served as Grand Praetor of the Wisconsin province, and he regularly facilitated at Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop as part of the Risk Management division. As an undergraduate, Lewandowski earned the Province Balfour Award as well as the Chapter Balfour Award. Professionally, he practices law as an attorney at Husch Blackwell LLC in the Madison, Wisconsin, area.
Fernandes as initiated into the Fraternity’s chapter at the University of Cincinnati on April 26, 2013, and has since served as its Consul, Magister and recruitment chairman. Additionally, he has served as vice president and president of both the Kolodzik Business Scholars program and the Sigma Sigma honorary society, captain of his university’s soccer club and as an at-large representative of the Student Advisory Committee on the University Budget. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance and economics with a 3.94 GPA.
Walker Wiggins, ARKANSAS 2018, was initiated into Sigma Chi in January 2015. He comes from a rich Sigma Chi background as his father David Wiggins, 1986, and twin brother Wiles Wiggins, 2018, also are Arkansas Sigs. Walker served as his chapter’s Quaestor during his junior year and Magister in his senior year. He worked closely with the University of Arkansas’ freshman engineering program all four years of his college career. He would meet with 12 freshmen for 30 minutes each week to help them transition from high school to college. Wiggins used this opportunity to recruit a couple of students to become members of his Sigma Chi chapter. Wiggins was recognized as the Freshman Engineering Program Senior of the Year as a result of his contribution to the program. Also, he started coaching 2nd grade basketball for the Fayetteville, Arkansas, Boys and Girls Club. Wiggins enjoyed the experience so much that he invited other brothers from his chapter to join the following year. This helped to establish a network of roughly 18 Sigma Chis volunteering their time to coach second- and third-graders throughout the basketball season.
Wiggins graduated the University of Arkansas with a degree in biomedical engineering with a 4.0 GPA, and currently attends the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. Wiggins plans to finish his doctorate and establish himself in either Arkansas or Florida. He has a passion for volunteering to help serve the less fortunate with their dental needs. Wiggins’ long-term goal is to practice dentistry and use his engineering degree to help invent dental devices to help increase the outreach of dental care in rural areas and community clinics.
Ryan Barto, AMERICAN 2020, was initiated into the Fraternity’s Kappa Rho chapter on April 15, 2017. He is a Jersey Shore native and a first generation student at American University, studying political science and marketing. Since joining Sigma Chi, he has held positions such as Annotator, Tribune, anniversary chairman, Historian and Magister. Along with his responsibilities to Sigma Chi, Barto is active on campus and in the Washington, D.C., community. Barto is a barista, American University’s student government chief of staff, senior advisor at the Center for Advocacy & Student Equity, and a member of many university committees, such as a sexual assault prevention working group. He also is president of the Rotary Club of Federal City in Washington, D.C., and at age 20 is among the youngest Rotary Club presidents in the world. Although for his age, Barto’s advocacy and fierce leadership has proven that you can never be too young to serve. Barto believes in the power of his generation to bring rightful change, with that change being led by Sigma Chi’s undergraduate brothers.
The Grand Praetor, one for each province, is nominated by one or more delegates elected by the undergraduate chapters in the province, and elected to a two–year term by the Grand Chapter. Grand Praetors advise chapters in their respective provinces, maintain general knowledge of their condition, and endeavor to improve their standing in scholarship, morals and discipline. They are required to visit each chapter at least once a year, and to report their observations and recommendations in writing to the Executive Committee. They are empowered to enforce the Fraternity’s Governing Laws and Ritual in province chapters.
Grand Praetors appoint one or more chapter advisors for each chapter, review chapter reports and applications submitted to the General Fraternity and schedule a yearly conference of all undergraduate chapters in their province. They also ensure that each chapter administers the official pledge examination. The Grand Praetor reviews the academic average of men proposed for Initiation and ensures each man has met university and Sigma Chi requirements.
Each Grand Praetor appoints an undergraduate member from his province for representation in the Grand Council. The undergraduate chapters in each province nominate these undergraduate members.
The Grand Praetors are known officially as the “Praetorial College.” At each meeting of the Grand Chapter, they elect a chairman who is known as the Dean of the Praetorial College. The Grand Consul may appoint an assistant Grand Praetor in a province, with all of the powers of the Grand Praetor except voting membership in the Grand Council.
The mission of the Board of Grand Trustees is to assist house corporations in the acquisition, construction, renovation and maintenance of chapter houses that are appropriate residences for our brothers, and worthy of the reputation of Sigma Chi. Grand Trustees are senior elected volunteer officers who serve terms of four years. There are 18 Grand Trustees at any given time, nine of whom are elected at each Grand Chapter.
Their mandate is to oversee chapter housing-related programs and to consult with house corporations and others who hold property for the benefit of undergraduate chapters. Meeting as a board, they serve as the Fraternity’s “think tank,” making periodic recommendations to the Executive Committee and providing solutions to such areas of concern as liability coverage and mortgage financing through the development of the Risk Management Foundation and Constantine Capital Inc.
Individual Grand Trustees deliver assistance directly to house corporations and hosts an annual House Corporation Officers Training Seminar (HCOTS). The Grand Trustees also serve the undergraduate chapters by consulting in house operations, risk management and corporate governance, and serve as resources in areas related to their specific expertise (law, fund raising, construction, etc.); represent the International Fraternity at events such as chapter house dedications, chapter installations and alumni functions; promote the interests of Sigma Chi within university communities and the public-at-large; and are members of the Grand Council.
The Board of Grand Trustees presents this annual two- to three-day event devoted to the concerns of house corporation officers.
Topics include: knowing your customer, corporate governance issues, fundraising, how to attract volunteers, chapter house maintenance and risk management. Breakout sessions allow brothers to share experiences and successes with one another.
Most of the program’s cost is underwritten by Sigma Chi and is generously funded by Constantine Capital Inc. Space is limited and priority is given to house corporation officers who have not attended a previous seminar.
Each year, Sigma Chi house corporations are asked to submit information to the Grand Trustees that includes:
The Sig House is a quarterly newsletter published by the Board of Grand Trustees for Sigma Chi house corporations and others interested in chapter house operations.