Joshua Welch, current associate director of fraternity and sorority life at North Carolina State University, has been named director of Greek Life at the University of Georgia.
As director, Welch will provide vision, strategic leadership, and overall supervision for Greek Life in support of the University’s academic mission and the strategic priorities of Student Affairs and UGA. The Director also serves as a visible resource for the university community by enhancing the understanding of and appreciation for membership in all fraternities and sororities and strengthening the relationships between those organizations. He will report to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Atkinson and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs.
“Joshua’s experience in both national organization and university Greek Life offices gives him a lot of expertise to provide leadership for the approximately 26% of undergraduate students who are members of fraternities and sororities," said Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs. “And coming from a campus similar to UGA in mission and prestige makes him a great fit.”
Welch’s appointment is effective March 1, 2020.
In this role, Welch will be responsible for providing educational, cultural, and leadership development programs, services, and resources as well as advising 60-plus registered fraternity and sorority chapters, their more than 7,000 members, and the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council. The Greek Life Office also coordinates the Student Food Pantry and advises UGA Miracle, two student philanthropic initiatives.
Welch’s education philosophy places students at the center of the experience, focusing on personal development.
“I strongly believe that the fraternity and sorority experience, rooted in values, uniquely equips students to become impactful and multifaceted leaders,” Welch said. “I believe in challenging and supporting fraternal organizations to continually work toward that outcome.”
Welch brings a wide range of experience in the fraternal industry. He previously served in various roles in fraternity and sorority life and residential living offices at Western Carolina University, the University of Central Missouri, and Elon University prior to his current position at NC State. Additionally, he has worked as regional director for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and is a lead facilitator and consultant for NovakTalks!.
Nationally, he has contributed to the field with published articles, facilitation and presentations related to alcohol and other drug education, strategic organizational change, and risk management, among other topics. Additionally, he is a member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, currently serving on the professional development committee.
“I believe Joshua possesses the unique background and experience to lead our fraternity and sorority community,” said Eric Atkinson, associate vice president for student affairs. “I look forward to working with Joshua as Greek Life develops its vision for the future.”
Atkinson also expressed his appreciation to Michele Howard, associate vice president for student affairs, and the members of the search committee for their time and hard work throughout the search process.
Welch earned both his Master of Education in college student personnel and Bachelor of Science Business Administration in marketing from Western Carolina University.
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