Bob Marchesani ’83 has been elected chairman of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), an association of seventy-three men’s college fraternities with over 5,300 chapters on more than 800 campuses throughout Canada and the United States.
A marketing executive at Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company, Marchesani has a long history of service to both the NIC and his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, which he joined at IUP as a freshman in 1979.
Marchesani was elected as chairman at the NIC’s 2008 annual meeting in April in Washington, D.C. He assumed his new role after four previous years of service on the organization’s board of directors. In 2004, he was elected to the NIC board and then reelected in 2006 to another two-year term on the board and as vice chairman of the board.
As chairman, Marchesani has hit the ground running identifying challenges and developing plans to address them. “One significant challenge facing the NIC,” he said, “is how to appropriately influence college and university leaders in a way that benefits member fraternities.”
Another key area of concern for Marchesani is the NIC’s relationship with the elected government officials, where he notes the need for a change in thinking.
Marchesani firmly believes that the NIC should always seek to play a visionary leadership role. “The NIC is a mature trade association with a track record of nearly a hundred years of operation,” he said. “It is blessed with the dedicated financial, professional, and volunteer resources that allow it to serve as an incubator for ideas. Beyond specific initiatives, the NIC should be an active partner in interfraternal discussions on the identification of opportunities and threats facing the Greek world as well as an active participant in discussing relevant solutions utilizing the conference’s strengths and resources.”
Marchesani’s fraternity membership has been an influential and beneficial experience of his life. As he put it, “I have felt a sense of indebtedness to Phi Kappa Psi and the general fraternity movement since my collegiate days. Therefore, my philosophy has been to advance the fraternity movement in whatever way I could.”