Joseph Rios Elected as Grand Magister

Mahwah, NJ—This past weekend, Tau Delta Phi’s Executive Council met at the campus of our Delta Iota Chapter at Ramapo College of New Jersey in conjunction with the Fraternity’s yearly leadership school, the Pyramid Leadership Institute.  At that time, Frater Michael Plagianakos chose to resign as Grand Magister of Tau Delta Phi citing personal reasons in his resignation to the board.

In response, the Executive Council accepted the resignation of PGM Plagianakos, and thanked him for his service over the last year and a half to the fraternity, especially in advancing the membership education goals of the Fraternity.  Under Plagianakos’s leadership, the Fraternity developed a new chapter development program for chartering, reformed the chartering requirements, hosted two leadership schools, and implemented amongst education committee members a more wide-spread outreach to our current chapters and colonies.

In the wake of the resignation, the Members of the Executive Council overwhelmingly elected Frater Joseph Rios, Member of the Board, of Tau Epsilon Chapter, to replace the outgoing Mr. Plagianakos.  Frater Rios has fifteen years of experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Southern California in Psychology, a Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Ball State University, and is working on his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Southern California.    Joseph has been instrumental in chapter development and in many different aspects of the Executive Council’s operations, most notably in the areas of chapter development, membership education, and leadership development (which is a specialty for Frater Rios).

“Frater Rios’s election to Grand Magister identifies the overwhelming value that this Executive Council places on membership education, and significantly demonstrates our appreciation for all that Joseph has done for the Executive Council” Tau Delta Phi Grand Consul (National President) Michael Reuter said.  Mr. Reuter then added that, “Frater Rios’s election also demonstrates our faith in his ability as a Student Affairs professional, our belief in his outstanding leadership qualities, and our hope for further educational programming.”

Frater Rios assumed his duties immediately and plans to start by reaching out to every Consul in the fraternity to discuss what they most need to help every one of the chapters be as successful as they can possibly be.

For More Information Contact:

Shawn M. Dowiak, Director of Public Relations

Tau Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.

261 West 35th Street, Suite 700

New York, NY 10001

877-828-3358 x1

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