International Council

The International Council is the supreme executive and judicial body of Acacia. It implements all legislation passed by the International Conclave, establishes policies to meet situations that may arise between Conclaves, plans the overall programs of the fraternity, directs finances, handles public relations, and approves all international publications. The Council also grants recognition to Acacia colonies, grants and suspends charters, and suspends or expels members as provided in the Laws of Acacia. The International Council generally meets twice per year, though more often when required.

The International Council is composed of eight officers: a president, first vice-president, second vice-president, treasurer, counselor, judge advocate and two undergraduate counselors. Council members are elected by the International Conclave and serve, without pay, for terms of four years. The president, treasurer, and counselor are elected at one Conclave and the two vice-presidents and judge advocate (appointed) two years later, so that there are always experienced members on the Council. Undergraduate counselors are elected for two year terms and are elected at every Conclave.

Jeremy N. Davis
Iowa State '00
International President

Scott H. Meyer
St. Cloud State '89
First Vice President

Justin M.M. Kaplan
Carleton '07
 Second Vice President

Robert W. Mickam
Texas '85
International Treasurer

George A. "Chip" Ray
Penn State '10
International Counselor

Maximilian J.B. Hopkins
California '80
Judge Advocate

Graham Pedregosa
Carleton '15
Undergraduate Counselor

Ryan McDowell
Oregon State '14
Undergraduate Counselor


Headquarters Staff

The day by day supervision of Acacia affairs, chapter visitations, publications, finances, records, and implementation of policy at the working level are duties of the International Headquarters staff.

The Executive Director oversees all daily operations of the Fraternity’s International Headquarters — chapter operations and expansions, membership records, Leadership Consultants and office staff.

 
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Patrick W. McGovern
Indiana '99
Executive Director
pmcgovern@acacia.org

 

The Assistant Executive Director focuses on financial management, chapter services, chapter reporting to the headquarters, the leadership consultant chapter visitation program, database management, licensing programs, and execution of Acacia educational programs like Conclave, ALA, and the Venerable Dean Summit, among other things. 

 

Michael S. Weber
Iowa State '06
Assistant Executive Director               mweber@acacia.org

 

The Director of Expansion & Recruitment oversees the campus expansion pipeline, colonization and recolonization efforts, and chapter and colony growth.

 

Jerod K. Miles
Central Oklahoma '09
Director of Expansion & Recruitment
jmiles@acacia.org

 

The Expansion Coordinators work with staff and volunteers to successfully recruit men for expansion presence on campuses internationally. 

 
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Drew K. Sherman
Iowa State '11
Indiana Expansion Coordinator
dsherman@acacia.org

 

The Director of Membership Development manages to implementation of the Cornerstones program, Acacia’s educational resources (Gold books, etc.) along with developing Acacia’s primary prevention program (addressing education for our members in the areas of bystander intervention, consent as related to sexual relationships, and alcohol). In addition, he manages all Acacia communication efforts such as The Triad, eNewsletter program, website, and social media. 

 

Benjamin B. Turconi
California '12
Director of Membership Development
bturconi@acacia.org

The Director of Alumni Affairs will work closely with the Executive Director Patrick McGovern and Executive Director of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation Darold Larson to develop this position into an impact that benefits both organizations, and all of our members. 

 

Jackson H. Aaberg
Missouri '12
Director of Alumni Affairs
jaaberg@acacia.org

The Leadership Consultants Leadership Consultants work directly with active chapters and colonies. They make periodic chapter visits during which they evaluate, educate, and motivate chapters and officers to strengthen their programs and render whatever other assistance may be needed for chapters to meet and exceed Acacia standards. Leadership Consultants also provide crucial support for various Headquarters operations and international events like Venerable Dean Summit, Acacia Leadership Academy and Conclave.

 

Dan Watson
Washington State '12
Leadership Consultant
dwatson@acacia.org

 

Kieran Edstrom
Colorado '12
Leadership Consultant
kedstrom@acacia.org

The Office Manager manages chapter payments and fees, AFF donations, Shingles, Membership Cards, and Badges, changes of address, alumni updates, chapter supplies, office equipment, chapter officer updates, and mailings.

Gretchen C. Mathews
Office Manager
gmathews@acacia.org