Alumnus hopes to better SA, Greek link

By Evan Thorne

NIU alumnus Nolan Davis served as assistant to the President from 2000 to 2004. Last year, he was assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs, a title he retains in addition to Interim Associate Director of Greek Affairs.

Davis said the change in positions was his choice.

“It’s fun and exciting working with President Peters,” Davis said, “but it didn’t lead to a job in Student Affairs.”

As interim director of Greek Affairs, Davis hopes to improve relations between his office and the Greek chapters. He worked with the Greek students to host the first-ever Greek Day Aug. 24, which was one of the largest Greek events in recent NIU history, according to Brian Hemphill, vice president for Student Affairs.

“The next phase of development for the Greek community will require vision and leadership,” Hemphill said. “Nolan will work with the Greek student leaders to create a common vision and join them in leading the way to their common goals.” Hemphill also spoke highly of Davis’ track record of helping students to become successful leaders.

Davis has experience in a variety of fields, including large-scale program planning, managing and budgeting in addition to his work with students. He chaired the committee that completed the University Disaster Plan and was involved in coordinating the State Underrepresented Groups Report, which is designed to give staff, faculty and students equal opportunity for work and education, regardless of race, sex, age, etc. He spoke on behalf of the E-Mail Announcement System, which notifies students of campus-wide updates through their school e-mail address.

He served on the NIU Athletic Board, assisted in the alcohol education training for Greek Row and was involved in the 2005 National Black Greek Leadership Conference.

Davis’ assignment in Greek Affairs is a one-year appointment, but the actual duration depends on the wants and needs of the department and the new director.