Robert Marchesani, Jr., ’83 was elected to a second term as chair of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) board of directors at the group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
First elected to the NIC board in 2004, Marchesani was re-elected in 2006 to a second term and was elected vice chairman. In 2008, he was elected to his first one-year term as chair.
As chair, Marchesani will continue to be an active partner in interfraternal discussions regarding the identification of opportunities and challenges facing the fraternity and sorority world. He has been an active participant in discussing relevant solutions utilizing the NIC’s strengths and resources, and he will continue to appropriately educate and influence college and university leaders in a way that benefits member fraternities, continue key NIC initiatives that develop fraternity leaders, and further relationships with public policy decision makers. In addition, Marchesani will travel around the country speaking to, guiding, and assessing NIC member fraternities and other fraternal umbrella organizations.
A marketing executive at Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company, Marchesani is a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and has a twenty-five-year history of service to both the NIC and his fraternity. Not only is he a former member of the Phi Kappa Psi professional staff, he also was the first former NIC staff member to be elected board chair.
“The men of Phi Kappa Psi look forward to Bob’s continued leadership in advancing the NIC’s mission,” said Shawn Collinsworth, Phi Kappa Psi’s executive director. “I am confident that Bob will continue an open dialogue with the member organizations throughout this centennial year of the organization, and that he will continue to help guide the priorities and growth of the NIC.”
Marchesani earned his undergraduate degree in 1979 from IUP, where he became a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Indianapolis. He and his wife, Marlene Smith Marchesani, and their three children, Allison, Andrew, and Matthew, reside in Indianapolis.
The NIC is a hundred-year-old trade association whose membership includes seventy-three international and national men’s Greek-letter social fraternities with more than 5,300 chapters on more than eight hundred campuses throughout Canada and the United States. Founded in 1909, the NIC works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success through advocacy, collaboration, and education.