Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs hires new assistant director


Brigette Gardner, recently hired as a new assistant director for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, knew Lehigh was the place for her after experiencing an overwhelming sense of community over the summer.

“I interned at Lehigh University over the summer for two months and kind of stumbled on the internship accidentally,” Gardner said.

The sense of Lehigh she felt while being at the university soon led to interest in a possible full-time position.

A current graduate student at Wright State University, Gardner will begin work at the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs on June 6, 2016.

“I really enjoyed my time at Lehigh, it was fantastic,” Gardner said.

She expects her new position to include advising either the Panhellenic Council or the Interfraternity Council. She will be advising a portfolio of different chapters on campus and their presidents, which are currently counseled by staff members and the dean of students.

According to the university website, the vision of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is to “cultivate the premier values-based community experience in the nation.”

Gardner’s goal as assistant director will be to further develop the Greek community. Working to support the office of admissions, she will be a part of events involving strategic planning such as programming Greek Week, organizing Greek Awards, implementing Greek health and wellness, and alcohol education.

In searching for the perfect fit for the assistant director position, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs looked for someone with fraternity and sorority advising skills.

Elizabeth Shayler, an assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, said the office searched for a candidate with knowledge about student development and the ability to perform well in a team environment.

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