Grand High Zeta
The Grand High Zeta is the Board of Directors for Lambda Chi Alpha. There are eleven (11) alumni brothers (nine elected by the General Assembly to serve four-year terms, two selected by the elected Board members to serve two-year terms) and four (4) collegiate brothers selected by the Student Advisory Committee to serve a one-year term that make up the Grand High Zeta. These men are the supreme executive, legislative and judicial body of the fraternity when the General Assembly is not convening. These men usually meet quarterly with the Office of Administration team to provide insight, feedback and make decisions for the entire organization. A few examples of decisions made by the Grand High Zeta include: granting a charter to a colony, providing new legislation during the interim between General Assembly’s and supervision over the financial acts and polices of the fraternity.
Grand High Alpha – Chairman
Jeffrey A. Stuerman (Culver-Stockton)
At the end of 2014, Stuerman retired as chairman, president and CEO of Edward Jones Trust Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. He has 20-plus years of experience within the financial services industry and most recently served as the president of his own consulting firm. In addition, he has served as the president and CEO of the TIAA-CREF Trust Co., as well as the vice president and director of marketing and new business development for the A.G. Edwards Trust Co. He and earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and currently serves on the Culver-Stockton College Board of Trustees.
Grand High Beta – Vice Chairman
Dr. Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver (Baylor)
Oliver was elected as Union’s 16th president in 2014. He led Union in 2015 to adopt “United in Spirit. Grounded in Truth.” – a strategic plan to guide the work of the university through 2022. The plan emphasizes seven strategic themes: bearing witness to the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, expanding enrollment across the university, enhancing operational effectiveness and efficiency to advance the mission, revising the liberal arts core curriculum, supporting meaningful research among faculty and students, developing leaders for the future and bolstering student life and building community. Also under Oliver’s leadership, Union launched the EDGE program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and collaborated with five other local educational institutions to start Mentor U, a mentoring program for area sixth graders. Oliver has also been active in the community, especially in the area of racial reconciliation. A native of San Antonio, Oliver completed a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Baylor University and a Master of Science degree in educational psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from Texas A&M.
Grand High Gamma – Secretary
Scott M. Jackson (Eastern Kentucky)
Jackson is president and CEO of East End Plumbing Supply, a plumbing supply wholesaler based in Louisville, Kentucky. He started at the company 16 years ago as the assistant warehouse manager after graduation and worked his way up to his current position. He also has served Lambda Chi since graduation, first as the Alumni Association president of his home chapter, then as the chapter advisor at Eastern Kentucky, and now as the chapter advisor at Louisville. He is an active runner and hiker and resides in Louisville with his wife and three children.
Grand High Tau – Treasurer
Steve Pattison (Florida State)
Pattison is chief financial officer and vice president, business analysis and risk management of Restaurant Services, Inc. Prior to joining RSI, he held several progressive corporate finance roles at Burger King Corp. for 10 years. Prior to Burger King, he practiced as a CPA for 12 years with KPMG Peat Marwick LLC providing auditing, accounting and business advisory services to clients in a variety of industries, including non-profit organizations. Previously, Pattison was chair of the national board of directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association, representing the interests 340,000 living alumni. He also continues to represent the alumni association as designee to the board of directors the FSU Real Estate Foundation, which he serves as board chair.
Grand High Pi- Chancellor
Gregory A. Castanias (Wabash)
Castanias is a Washington, DC-based partner in the international law firm of Jones Day. A Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, he heads Jones Day’s Federal Circuit practice, and has argued five cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and over 100 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the exclusive appellate court for patent cases. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches courses in Appellate Practice and Procedure and Federal Circuit Advocacy. Castanias also serves on the Wabash College Board of Trustees, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors, and the Board of Directors of the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, Texas. For nine years, most of them prior to his election to the Grand High Zeta, Castanias also served as a member of the Fraternity’s Foundation Board of Directors, and for many years served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alpha-Kappa Zeta Home Association. He previously served as president of both the National Association of Wabash Men and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Association.
Grand High Phi
Dr. Timothy L. Tucker (Union)
Tucker is Regional Director for Business Development for Tennessee for Mosaic Pharmacy Service out of Sterling, Virginia. Tucker is currently the immediate past president of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, representing almost 400,000 alumni. Tim is former president of the American Pharmacists Association, which represents over 65,000 pharmacists and student pharmacists. He is completing his 30th year on the Huntingdon City Council and was just re-elected for 4 more years. Tucker has served as vice-mayor 5 different times. Tim is in his 10th year on the Huntingdon Special School District Board. He also has served as the chapter advisor of the Lambda-Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at Union University for 33+ years.
Grand High Kappa
Orlando Rummans (University of Texas – San Antonio), Major, Retired, US Army Medical Service Corps
Orlando is a sixth and seventh grade science teacher and track and field (hurdles) coach at Joel C. Harris Middle School in San Antonio Independent School District. Additionally, he is a prior enlisted Soldier in the US Army Medical Department and served as an X-ray technician. He earned his commission through the UTSA Army ROTC program and is a retired Army Medical Service Corps officer and a veteran of the Gulf War including the liberation of Kuwait and two combat tours in Iraq. During his last deployment he served as the Theater Medical Evacuation Officer. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two oak-leaf clusters) and the Bronze Star. He has earned the Army Parachutist, Air Assault and coveted Expert Field Medical badges. He retired as Major after 22 years of service.
Grand High Delta
Lenard A. Bendo (Cal State-Sacramento)
Lenny has worked for more than two decades in the consumer packaged goods industry for three Fortune 200 companies. He spent his first 10 years with the Pillsbury/General Mills Co. in various sales & marketing roles. From there, he was recruited by Johnson & Johnson to lead the category management initiative for their Acuvue contact lens brand at Walmart, Costco, and other mega-retailers. He closed his corporate career with another 10 years at the HJ Heinz Co. in various global roles, most recently serving as their global chief diversity & inclusion officer. He is currently serving as President of the Board for the award-winning History Center in Orlando, Florida. Separately, he has volunteered with the American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation youth leadership programs for the past 35 years.
Grand High Epsilon
Steve Swafford (Kansas State)
Steve is the President and co-founder of Leadership Outfitters, a leadership development and strategic planning company focused exclusively on the non-profit community, providing strategic planning, interactive leadership development, and board orientation and training. He also teaches at the Pepperdine University Business School, instructing undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of organizational behavior, global leadership, management, organizational design, and advanced leadership. He’s worked extensively with the American Society of Association Executives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Grand High Iota
Chris Meyer (Akron)
Chris is a Managing Principal of Truepoint Institutional Advisors, a company he formed in 2015 to provide institutional investment advisory services to smaller and mid-sized institutional investors, mostly nonprofits. Before that he had 22 years of experience as an investment consultant to both large and small institutions, and he has a passion for helping smaller nonprofits, which are often underserved. He also teaches a graduate level course on portfolio management at the University of Cincinnati. He served on the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation Board of Directors for nine years, including as Board Chairman from 2016 to 2018 and as Investment Committee Chairman for six years. He chaired the Educational Foundation CEO Search Committee in 2018 and he was a member of Fraternity CEO Search committee in 2018 as well.
Grand High Rho
Dr. Frederick A. Kam Jr, MD (Miami-FL)
Kam is a physician and holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and graduated with his Medical Degree from the University of Miami in 1986. He has more than 33 years of experience in medical service delivery both at the University of Miami and Auburn University. Kam was chosen by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America (1996-97,1997-98, 2003-04), and he is in Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Iron Arrow Honor Societies. He served as president of his medical school class, was voted as the Best House Staff Member of the Year (1988) and received the coveted Eric Reiss Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is also a recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 2012. He currently holds professorships at Auburn in the Department of Political Science, School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy.
Grand High Sigma
Andrew Goheen (University of Miami)
Grand High Theta
Thomas Keisler (East Carolina University)
Grand High Nu
Will Hones (Butler University)
Grand High Psi
Jack Branch (University of Montevallo)
Student Advisory Committee
In 1970, the General Assembly approved legislation creating the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and placed its chairman, vice chairman, and two at-larges, elected by the committee, on the Grand High Zeta. SAC provides the collegiate members’ perspective to the Grand High Zeta and Office of Administration team, discusses topics facing the Fraternity and often develops legislation to be submitted to the General Assembly.
2021-2022 SAC Members
|Conrad Awve||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach|
|Jack Branch||University of Montevallo|
|Samuel Bobitz||University of Michigan|
|Joshua Bois||University of Maine-Orono|
|Timothy Cleveland||Samford University|
|Jed Friedman||Syracuse University|
|Andrew Goheen||University of Miami|
|Nathan Hall||Ferris State University|
|William Hones||Butler University|
|Thomas Keisler||East Carolina University|
|Joshua Kirsch||University of Western Ontario|
|Joel Mosher||Pittsburg State University|
|Jonathan Portilla||New York University|
|Rivers Singley||Spring Hill College|
|Christopher Smith||University of Texas at Austin|
If you are interested in learning more about SAC please contact Thomas McGrath with any questions, or apply below.