CEO Search Updates


As shared last month, Mark Timmes will be retiring as of July 31, 2022, after almost 30 years of exemplary service to the greater fraternity.

I am pleased to announce that the National Council has appointed a CEO Search Committee and has authorized the engagement of an executive search firm to assist in the recruitment and selection of Pi Kappa Phi’s next CEO.

Pi Kappa Phi has enriched the lives of young men for well over a century through our value-based leadership, educational, and service-learning opportunities.  We have a solid foundation from which to continue building our fraternity as a premiere co-curricular education and self-governance experience for young men.  Pi Kappa Phi now seeks a visionary, strategic leader to lead us into that future.

This skilled executive will have the courage to challenge the status-quo; the passion to help men define and reach their aspirations; the will to collaborate with multiple constituencies both internally and externally; and the ability to forge durable strategic partnerships.

The National Council, in collaboration with the leadership of our affiliate boards, has established a clear path to success in this effort.  To date the following steps have been taken:

1.    Search Committee:  A talented and broadly experienced search committee has been tasked with leading the process.  The committee is chaired by Bob Lane (Alpha Omicron, 1968). Brother Lane is a retired senior executive of Shell Oil Company and former Chairman of The Ability Experience board of directors.

The membership of this committee reflects our organization’s diversity, providing experience, perspective, and talent that will help guide the search process. All of these men demonstrate high achievement in their professions, and extraordinary commitment and service to Pi Kappa Phi, including leadership in higher education, corporations, and non-profit organizations. In addition to broad geographic and generational representation, their fraternal backgrounds include small and large chapters at public and private colleges and universities, volunteer service to local chapters, the national organization, and including past Headquarters staff members.

The committee membership includes:

Mark Adamson, Sigma (South Carolina) 1989

Rick Berk, Alpha Upsilon (Drexel) 1986

Joel Borellis, Sigma (South Carolina) 1991

Ben Bush, Alpha Alpha, (Mercer) 1998

James Smith, Alpha Eta (Samford) 1991

Dwayne Todd, Alpha Eta (Samford) 1992

Jeff Wahlen, Alpha Epsilon (Florida) 1984

Cam Woods, Iota Omicron (Iona) 2014

We are grateful for their willingness to serve Pi Kappa Phi in this meaningful way.

2.    Search Counsel: We have engaged Columns Fundraising, a 20-person firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, to conduct a national search for our next CEO.  Columns has worked with not-for-profits and associations across the country and has a unique experience in the Greek world. Three of their founding partners have served as past staff members and CEOs within their respective fraternities/fraternal foundations and have continued working with fraternities and sororities at the national and local levels.  The Columns team works extensively with Greek membership organizations, higher education, healthcare, independent schools, faith-based and social service organizations.  Mark Wilkison and David Carico, two of the firm’s co-founders, are leading the search for Pi Kappa Phi.  They, together with the Search Committee, have begun developing the organizational profile and position description and will soon be seeking recommendations and identifying appropriate candidates.

3.    Search News and Communication: It is important that the members of Pi Kappa Phi are fully informed about the status of the search in a way that also preserves candidate confidentiality.  To accomplish this, a dedicated page on the Pi Kappa Phi website will be created to provide answers to frequently asked questions about the process and the most updated information concerning the search.  There will also be links to allow prospective candidates to submit their applications for consideration or to contact the Columns team directly, as well as for members to suggest qualified candidates for consideration.  In addition to this webpage, key milestones and relevant news will be broadly shared via email and social media as progress is made.

Please note that all questions regarding the search and the application process should be directed to the Columns team at

The leadership of Pi Kappa Phi and its affiliates has great confidence in the resources we are deploying for this critical moment in our history.  The search committee working in conjunction with the Columns team has been charged with finding the very best CEO for Pi Kappa Phi, and we look forward to providing periodic updates on their progress during this search.

Yours in Pi Kappa Phi,

William Sigmon, National President