Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Elected Officer Nomination Process

Strong, effective leadership has long been a hallmark of Delta Tau Delta. The prestige and prominence the Fraternity enjoys today has been realized through the untiring efforts and wisdom displayed by elected officers who have come from the membership ranks since the Fraternity’s formative years.

Expertise must include an ability to understand the needs of a diverse membership and the fiduciary responsibilities incumbent on officers of a non-profit membership organization with more than 127,000 living initiates. Officers are called on to model behavior reflective of the principles and values espoused in the Fraternity’s Ritual, Creed, and mission statement. Officers must possess an open mind and the ability to listen to the various Fraternity constituencies before making a decision with fairness for all.

Elected service to the Fraternity requires a significant time commitment. Daily tasks include email correspondence, telephone calls, policy deliberation and other related duties to fulfill the obligations of the specific office. The ability to travel is a necessity, as is good health, dependability and the support of family.

Good business sense is an important requirement, including the ability to make sound financial decisions which affect the current and future financial health of Delta Tau Delta. Outstanding abilities in strategic planning, collaboration and board governance also are useful. Extremely strong written and oral communication skills, used in concert with knowledge of current technology, are essential.

Who may be recommended for service?

Any member in good standing with a demonstrated knowledge of Delta Tau Delta’s commitment to excellence. Prior service at the local, regional, and/or national level preferred.

Who may recommend a potential candidate?

Any member in good standing may do so, as may any undergraduate or alumni chapter.

What is the time commitment?

The total annual time commitment is 8-10 weekends away from home annually for all offices except president, which will require 12-15 weekends. A high percentage of commitments include Thursdays and/or Fridays away from work.

What is the process for making a recommendation?

Adopted in 2000 by the Arch Chapter and Undergraduate Council, it has been subsequently reviewed and updated as deemed appropriate.

  • Serves as chief elected officer.
  • Facilitates long-term strategies and corporate oversight.
  • Presides over all business meetings of the Fraternity.
  • Represents the Fraternity at various interfraternal conferences and events.
NOTE: President and vice president are also members of the DTD Educational Foundation board. 
  • Serves as chief Ritualist.
  • Examines and recommends for approval all colony petitions for chapter status.
  • Certifies the eligibility of all undergraduate and alumni members to be initiated at chapter installations.
  • Assists president with various interfraternal commitments.
NOTE: President and vice president are also members of the DTD Educational Foundation board. 
  • Oversees the review of Fraternity education programs and manuals.
  • Chairs the Fraternity Awards Committee.
  • Acts as the Arch Chapter liaison to the Undergraduate Council.
  • Oversees the Fraternity budget, financial reporting and governmental compliance.
  • Serves as AC liaison between the Audit Committee, and Investment and Finance Committee.
  • Supervises the keeping of written records of all business meetings.
  • Oversees Fraternity public relations efforts.
  • Promotes and encourages the development of alumni chapters and activities.
  • Oversees the Fraternity’s programs and resources which promote the well-being, scholastic achievement, and leadership development of its members
  • Responsible for undergraduate requests for initiation under circumstances where grade requirements are not met for a special reason.
Director of Member Development is an ex officio member of the Educational Foundation Board with no voting rights.

Board of Directors: Member Responsibilities

  • Execute the duties of the elected position as outlined in the Constitution.
  • Model the Mission and Values of the Fraternity.
  • Responsibilities are based on the Fraternity’s fiscal year (August 1 – July 31).
  • Attend two Arch Chapter meetings during non-Karnea years (typically January and either June or August) at the Fraternity headquarters in Indianapolis.
  • Attend two Arch Chapter meetings during Karnea years, both typically at the Karnea site. Meetings conducted in January and late July/August on the front end of Karnea week; Karnea week concludes Sunday with a brief, organizational meeting of the new Arch Chapter.
  • Arch Chapter meetings are two meeting days plus travel. Participants usually arrive Thursday late afternoon and leave Sunday morning. During Karnea years AC meeting is two days, with arrival on Sunday afternoon, the conducting of business Monday and Tuesday, followed by the Karnea obligation from Wednesday through Sunday morning.
  • Attend at least two division conferences per year; typically scheduled in late January and February. Depending on the conference schedule, commitment includes arriving on Thursday evening and leaving Sunday morning.
  • Attend Karnea.
  • Participate in monthly Arch Chapter conference calls as determined; duration usually 60-90 minutes.
  • Participate in Board of Directors conference calls as needed.
  • Make at least two chapter visits per year. Visits generally require a travel day out and back with one day on location.
  • Serve in place of the President of the Fraternity at his request in activities such as keynote speaker at significant chapter anniversaries and major Fraternity events such as chapter installations.
  • Lead at least one committee as appointed by President of the Fraternity.
  • Be prepared to advance in the Arch Chapter chairs if it is the will of the legislative body.
  • Approved expenses, as outlined in the Arch Chapter Policy Manual, are paid by the Fraternity’s General Fund.
Travel Summary

Non-Karnea years: 5 days for AC meetings, including travel; 6 days for division conferences, including travel; 4 days for chapter visits, including travel. Total: 15 days. Additional days as required to attend special Fraternity events as described above.

Karnea years: 8 ½ days for AC meetings, including travel to meeting; 3 ½ days for Karnea (including return home); 6 days for division conferences, including travel; 4 days for chapter visits, including travel. Total: 22 days. Additional days as required to attend special Fraternity events as described above.