Headquarters Staff

Acacia adds new Leadership Consultants to staff

When classes begin this fall on college campuses across North America, Acacia will have two new Leadership Consultants the road to visiting our chapters & colonies to help each one perform at its best. Leadership Consultants’ primary responsibilities are to evaluate, educate, and motivate our chapters during 3-4 day in-depth visits with each group. Both of this year’s LC’s bring strong resumes to the table and a zeal to better our fraternity’s record. Gregory J. Lary, Ohio ’09, a 2013 graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Political Science, served his chapter in numerous roles as an undergraduate including Venerable Dean, Pledge Educator, and IFC Representative. Greg’s leadership coincided with a resurgence of the Ohio Chapter which earned it the President’s Award for membership growth at Acacia’s 57th Biennial Conclave in 2012. Greg was recognized by his chapter as Undergraduate of the Year in 2012 and Acacian of the Year in 2013.

Says Brother Lary, "I hope to use my competitive nature to help develop strong, feasible strategies for up-and-coming Acacia chapters to reach their full potential."

Greg may be reached by email at glary@acacia.org.

Nathaniel D. McKee, Missouri ’10 is a 2013 University of Missouri graduate, where he double-majored in Psychology and English. Nathan served his chapter as Senior Dean, Director of Recruitment, and Academic Chairman. The Missouri Chapter grew its membership by 50% during Nathan’s recruitment term. His chapter has also awarded him with the Richard Jesse Award for Academic Excellence.

Nate is an Eagle Scout and plans to earn his JD-MBA in the future. "I’m excited to go learn and help advance my brothers’ efforts all around the nation. My goal is to help find a plan for every chapter that will give them a sense of pride when they become alumni."

Nathan may be reached by email at nmckee@acacia.org.


Acacia would also like to thank outgoing Leadership Consultant Nicholas M. Montanari, Washington State ’08 for his service over the past year. Brother Montanari is pursuing a Master’s Degree at the University of Idaho beginning this fall.

New Executive Director named

On Saturday, August 3, 2013, during the closing banquet of the 10th biennial Acacia Leadership Academy, the Acacia Fraternity International Council appointed Patrick W. McGovern, Indiana ’99 as the seventh Executive Director in Acacia’s 109-year history. The announcement was met with vigorous applause by all in attendance -- undergraduates representing nearly all Acacia chapters and colonies, Council members, Foundation Directors, and the Headquarters staff. Executive Director, Patrick W. McGovern

Brother McGovern’s work with Acacia has spanned multiple areas of fraternity operations over the past decade. Most recently, Patrick served as Assistant Executive Director and led day-to-day fraternity operations after the Executive Director’s position became vacant in May 2013. Patrick also served as Acacia’s first-ever Director of Membership Development from 2006 to 2013 and before that as a Leadership Consultant in 2003. Today, Brother McGovern represents Acacia in the interfraternity world as a facilitator at events such the North-American Interfraternity Conference's UIFI and IMPACT programs.

"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."

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 11-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."

Patrick may be reached by email at pmcgovern@acacia.org.

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.