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March 2, 2001 -- No. 96

Office of Greek Affairs names new director

By MEREDITH HERMANCE
UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL -- Jay Anhorn, who has worked with fraternities and sororities across the South, has been named director of Greek affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anhorn begins work March 7, succeeding interim director Aaron Nelson, who is leaving to become executive director of the Chapel HillĖCarrboro Chamber of Commerce. Nelsonís last day will be March 9 to allow for time to overlap, said Dr. Cynthia Wolf Johnson, associate vice chancellor for student learning. Nelson has served as interim director since last October when then-director Ron Binder left UNC to return to his home state of Ohio.

"He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with fraternity and sorority life," Johnson said of Anhorn. "He is eager to get started with his work with students, faculty, staff, alumni, the campus and local community."

UNCís Office of Greek Affairs assists fraternities and sororities in upholding their founding principles of scholarship, community service, campus involvement and sisterhood/brotherhood. The director of Greek affairs oversees 27 fraternities, 21 sororities and one co-educational group.

While serving as assistant director of student activities at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, Anhorn supervised Greek life, community service and student media. In this role, he advised the panhellenic and interfraternity councils, started the first Black Greek Presidentsí Council and worked to expand new national panhellenic council organizations. He organized the first student-run Dance/Music Marathon to raise funds for the local Childrenís Miracle Network Hospital and chaired the Student Media Committee, supervising editors and managing the budget for media expenditures.

Active on a national level, Anhorn serves as vice president of the Association of Fraternity Advisers for Region II - which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The association aims to support and stimulate advisers of fraternities and sororities in higher education and enhance the positive influence of the Greek experience by providing recognition for the profession, encouraging research and creating forums for interaction and learning.

Working closely with students, alumni and faculty, Anhorn has tackled difficult issues such as hazing and substance abuse, while emphasizing the importance of academics, service and leadership. While serving as coordinator for Greek life at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, he championed the Alcohol-Free Initiative Weekend to educate the campus on Greek national policies and established a rush educator program to aid in recruitment. As adviser of the Interfraternity Council and 28 chapter presidents, he worked to strengthen relations between student leaders, community leaders and national headquarter representatives.

Anhorn also has experience with residence life and admissions and has taught first-year seminars. He served as Residence Life Coordinator at Lehigh, where he supervised residence advisers and was a live-in professional staff member in a 300-person residence hall. He co-taught a "University 101" course at the University of South Carolina at Columbia and volunteered for the national Freshman Year Experience Conference.

A member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, Anhorn earned his bachelorís degree in mathematics from Lehigh and his masterís of education in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

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(Hermance is a senior journalism and mass communication major from Scituate, Mass.)

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