Steve Esworthy Hired as Chief Advancement Officer of the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation

Charlotte, NC — The Pi Kappa Phi Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to share that Steve Esworthy has been named chief advancement officer of the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation. Esworthy will start on January 4, 2023.

Esworthy joins the Foundation from Roanoke College, where he served as director of development, responsible for leadership giving, major gifts and gift planning. In this role, he served as the program development strategist in charge of prospecting, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects for the College’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. He previously worked for Cengage Learning in a variety of sales and management roles.

Esworthy, an initiate of Pi Kappa Phi’s Xi Chapter at Roanoke College, is a passionate advocate of the Pi Kappa Phi mission and vision. “I am energized by the opportunity to work alongside the Fraternity’s loyal alumni, talented staff and impressive undergraduates to continue to build on the uncommon opportunities available through Pi Kappa Phi,” shared Esworthy. “This is an exciting time for Pi Kappa Phi, and I’m eager to be a part of this work.”

Esworthy will lead the operational and development efforts for the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation, with an emphasis on major gifts and planned giving. He will focus on building and leading a team of professionals that will provide support to the greater Fraternity in its efforts to scale and grow Pi Kappa Phi.

“This is a big day for the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation,” said Pi Kappa Phi Foundation Chairman Ernest Johnson. “Pi Kappa Phi is well positioned in the fraternity landscape to provide best-in-class resources and services to our students, and we look forward to enhancing the Foundation’s participation in those efforts.”

“Collectively, we are aligned that the growth of our chapters, educational initiatives, member development, leadership training and a commitment to philanthropy are the fundamentals needed to scale Pi Kappa Phi. We are fully invested in this effort, and that includes bringing on a leader like Steve to provide the strategy and guidance to accomplish the objectives at hand,” adds Pi Kappa Phi CEO Jake Henderson.

“Pi Kappa Phi is built on a foundation laid by those who have come before and those who have shared generously their time, talent and treasure,” said Esworthy. “The success of Pi Kappa Phi can be credited to consistent and exceptional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and passionate membership. I look forward to working with Jake Henderson and his team, the Foundation Board of Trustees and loyal alumni to develop and execute a plan that ensures Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity continues to be recognized as a leading fraternity.”

Esworthy lives in Roanoke, Virginia, with his wife Dana and children Mason and Mia.

Pi Kappa Phi Foundation extends a special thanks to the search committee led by volunteer chairman Rick Berk, Alpha Upsilon (Drexel). Additionally, we express our gratitude to the Columns Fundraising team and their firm’s diligent work in the chief advancement officer search process.

Pi Kappa Phi seeks to create an uncommon and lifelong brotherhood that develops leaders and encourages service to others for the betterment of our communities. Dating back to the fraternity’s founding on Dec. 10, 1904, at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, Pi Kappa Phi has exemplified a commitment to leadership, service before self, and building a better world. Today, on more than 160 campuses across America, Pi Kappa Phi continues to broaden its commitment to building exceptional leaders through uncommon opportunities.