HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University President Dr. Edward H. Hammond was elected Grand President of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the nation's largest social fraternity, during the fraternity's biennial legislative conclave Saturday, Aug. 18, in Washington, D.C.
"To be elected Grand President of Sigma Phi Epsilon is a tremendous honor," said Hammond.
It was the largest college fraternity gathering in history, according to David Basler, director of communications for SigEp. He said more that 1,550 people participated in the Aug. 15-19 conclave, which also marked the fraternity's centennial. SigEp was founded in 1901. Hammond noted that FHSU is also celebrating its centennial this academic year.
"That was one of the unique things about it that interested me in serving as the Grand President," said Hammond. "It's tremendously exciting to be selected Grand President as they're beginning their second century at the same time that I am president of a university completing its first hundred years. It is an opportunity to help set the agenda for the second hundred years in both institutions."
With 14,000 student members in its 259 U.S. chapters and more than 235,000 lifetime members since its founding, it is the largest fraternity in the United States. The fraternity's mission statement is "Building balanced men for the world's communities."
As Grand President, Hammond will serve a two-year term on the 11-member SigEp Board of Directors. Saturday was the final legislative session of this conclave.