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Acacia Fraternity Foundation Directors 2013 - 2016

Please refer to the following bios for those alumni brothers nominated to serve as Acacia Fraternity Foundation Directors for 2013 - 2016. To vote for AFF Directors, click on the following link to cast your AFF proxy vote.

Scott C. Graham, Penn State '98 Order of Pythagoras recipient; currently Director of Major Gifts, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University; former Acacia Leadership Academy Fellow; Penn State Square and Compass alumni board member; Penn State Chapter Advisor; resides in State College, Pennsylvania.

Scott J. Houston, Indiana '80 Award of Merit recipient; Order of Pythagoras recipient; five-time Emmy Award winning television producer; publisher and motivational speaker; past Acacia Fraternity Leadership Consultant and Fundraising Director; past Foundation secretary-treasurer; resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Andrew Jee, Oregon State '87 Order of Pythagoras recipient; attorney with Jee Law, PLLC; past Acacia Fraternity Leadership Consultant; resides in Dallas, Texas.

Robert (Bob) G. Travnicek, M.D., Kansas '59 Northwestern Acacia 1960-61; Graduated University of Nebraska College of Medicine 1965; USPHS 1966-68; Private Practice of Medicine Wilber Nebraska 1968-1989; Harvard School of Public Health 1989-90; District Health Officer Mississippi State Department of Health 1990-2013; Felix Underwood Award; Donald Evans Sutter Award; Physician Service Award; retired July 2013.

Robert Daniel (Dan) Wilkes, Iowa '89 Award of Merit recipient; Order of Pythagoras recipient; Chapter Advisor of the Biennium; Iowa Acacians board member; real estate investment advisor and salesperson for Skogman Commercial Realty; resides in Hiawatha, IA

Patrick W. McGovern, Indiana ’99, promoted to Assistant Executive Director

Patrick W. McGovern, Assistant Executive Director Acknowledging his achievements and work to better our fraternity’s record for over a decade, and in a show of confidence and support for his ongoing efforts, the Acacia Fraternity International Council voted unanimously at their 2013 winter meeting to promote Patrick W. McGovern, Indiana ’99, to the position of Assistant Executive Director. Brother McGovern has served since 2006 as Acacia’s first-ever Director of Membership Development, a role in which he led the development and implementation of the Cornerstones membership development program.

Chances are that if you’ve been involved with Acacia at any time over the last decade that Patrick has played some part in that involvement. Brother McGovern has worked on projects spanning multiple areas of fraternity operations, from active chapters to alumni advisors and housing corporation boards, and ranging from internal Acacia Headquarters operations to leadership within the interfraternity community.

"My vision is for Acacia to remain relevant, sustainable, distinctive, and leadership-oriented for generations to come. The pathway to that reality is by way of values-based decision-making, continual learning, and integrity."

Patrick first joined the Acacia Headquarters staff as a Leadership Consultant in 2003. He immediately embarked on a journey that saw him work with 18 chapters and serve as Expansion Coordinator for the University of Texas and, more recently, University of Colorado Boulder. Since 2009, Patrick has also been a regular facilitator of undergraduate leadership institutes and programs for the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

Acacia has recognized Brother McGovern’s achievements with the Award of Merit, Order of Pythagoras, and, as an undergraduate, the Roy C. Clark Award. He served the Indiana Chapter as Venerable Dean and Recruitment Chairman and received numerous chapter awards and scholarships. Patrick graduated from Indiana University in May 2002 with a B.S. in Public Affairs with a specialization in Management, and he currently lives in his hometown of Indianapolis with his wife Carrie and 7-month old daughter, Ruby.

Says Brother McGovern, "we are fortunate to have the opportunity to be a force for goodness in the fraternity world, in our communities, and in our relationships with others. Let's challenge ourselves to be excellent in every way possible, and let's remain humble that we may always recognize opportunities for improvement."

Keith Bushey "serves" time in jail

It started like any normal workday. I came to the office, started with a cup of coffee, responded to my e-mails, then turned myself in for a "jail" sentencing, where I stood before a judge, got my stripes and a mugshot, and well... you MIGHT be able to guess the rest of that story! On March 20, 2013, I spent my afternoon "behind bars" as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up. The MDA Lock-Up is an annual event to raise money in the fight against muscle disease. I was contacted in late February to take part in the event, and although I had never done it, I thought this would be a good way for me to give back to the community. On the day of my "arrest", I appeared before the judge -- every bit as wise as his age of 10 years old -- who sentenced me to more time until an additional $250.00 could be raised. I was then whisked off to don my prison attire and handcuffs and have my mugshot taken for all to see.

Keith Bushey MDA Lock-up

As you can probably guess, the event was not actually a lock-up, but was treated like one, nonetheless. The judge, bailiff, and most others that were "in charge" were children who have been affected by some type of muscular disease. It was very easy to see why this is a worthwhile event, especially when these kids were so excited to see more people appear before the judge and go to jail.

My bail was set at $2,400.00, a number that I thought might be unachievable. But, with the help of many brothers and friends, we were able to present MDA with $2,970.00 for their organization. Thank you to all our Acacia brothers that helped me achieve this goal and exemplify our motto of Human Service.

Michael S. Weber, Iowa State ’06, named Director of Expansion & Recruitment

Michael S. WeberAcacia is also excited to announce the addition of Michael S. Weber, Iowa State ’06, to the Headquarters staff as Director of Expansion & Recruitment. In his short time with Acacia so far, Brother Weber has been a leader at both the chapter and International level. As an active member, Brother Weber served as Venerable Dean during his chapter’s Centennial Celebration in 2009, in addition to serving terms as Secretary, Chaplain and Junior Steward. Michael served the Government of the Student Body as Speaker and Vice Speaker of the Senate and was recognized by the Vice President of Student Affairs with the Above and Beyond Award. At Acacia’s 55th Biennial Conclave, Brother Weber was elected to a two-year term as Undergraduate Counselor on the International Council.

Acacia has recognized Brother Weber’s achievements with the 2011 Roy C. Clark Award, the Order of Pythagoras Award, and the George F. Patterson, Jr. Scholarship.

Brother Weber is originally from Ames, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in May 2011 with a B.S. in Family , Finance, Housing and Policy.

Says Brother Weber, "I want to continue to expanding our Fraternity to more campuses, as well as help our current chapters and colonies excel at recruiting great new Acacians. Acacia has been such a big part of my life, and I’m glad that I have the opportunity to give back and continue to have it be a part of my life."