Robert Marchesani Jr. ’83 received the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Gold Medal on April 14 at the 2013 NIC annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo.
First presented more than 70 years ago, the NIC Gold Medal is presented for lifelong service to the interfraternal community and is the highest honor that the NIC can bestow. Recipients of the Gold Medal are models of selfless service, visionary leadership, and courage of conviction. When considering nominations, the awards committee takes into account tenure of service, interfraternal leadership, and a dedication to advancing the fraternal movement.
A member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Bob has dedicated more than 30 years dating back to his freshman year at IUP to making fraternity a better experience. His service to the fraternal movement includes service on the boards of his fraternity and the NIC, speaking engagements, and facilitating educational programming for undergraduates and alumni. The pinnacle of his interfraternity service was serving as NIC chairman from 2008–2010, and as coeditor of the 20th edition of Baird’s Manual of American College Fraternities.
At IUP, Bob served as Interfraternity Council president and secretary and was a founder of the IUP chapter of the Order of Omega Greek honorary society. After graduating from IUP, he worked as assistant executive director of the NIC and then as director of development for the Phi Kappa Psi Educational Foundation.
Professionally, Bob is senior director of oncology new product planning for the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company.
Founded in 1909, the North-American Interfraternity Conference is the trade association representing 75 international and national men's fraternities. Through advocacy, collaboration, and education the NIC works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success.