Chris Blackburn has joined The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as director of the Office of Greek Life.
A Lewisburg, W.Va. native, Blackburn comes to UNCP from West Virginia Wesleyan College where he worked for five years in the admissions office rising to the position of associate director. He coordinated marketing and supervised student recruitment among other duties.
“I really enjoy working in higher education, and I wanted to move into student life,” Blackburn said. “The mission and goals of student and Greek life at UNCP are a good match for my background and interests.
“I like working in a diverse environment,” he continued. “People here care about this institution and each other. That’s the type of school I came from, and that’s what I find here.”
Blackburn reports to Dr. Tom Corti, assistant vice chancellor for Student Development. He is the second director of the office, Dr. Corti said,
“We are pleased to hire Chris Blackburn as the new director of Greek Life,” Dr. Corti said. Mr. Blackburn brings to UNCP the enthusiasm and energy combined with Greek and higher education administrative experience.”
Having the opportunity to increase the enrollment of UNCP’s Greek organizations is appealing for Blackburn.
“About five percent of our students are involved in Greek life, and I would like to see that number at 15 percent,” he said. “My background is in recruitment, so it’s a good match.”
One national fraternity is establishing a local chapter this year, and Blackburn said there is room for additional national sororities. “UNCP currently recognizes 21 organizations with about 350 members.
“Adding chapters is important to meeting our goal, but it’s just as important to fill out the many diverse organizations already established,” Blackburn said. “The number of chapters on this campus is appropriate to the size of the school, so there is room to grow within the organizations in place.”
Another goal for the new director of Greek Life is to unify the spectrum of campus chapters into a more cohesive whole.
“A lot of good work has already been done to build teamwork and leadership,” Blackburn said. “I want to bring everybody together, so that all students support Greek life.”
Blackburn would also help Greeks get back to their roots also.
“All fraternities and sororities have missions that were put in place by their founders,” he said. “There was a high level of honor and humility embedded into these chapters early history.”
When history is served and strong leadership is in place good things happen in Greek life, Blackburn believes.
“This is when the community service ideal and activism follows,” he said. “That’s when Greek life is at its best.”
“I went to college on a scholarship as a Bonner Foundation Community Service Scholar,” Blackburn said. “This is what I believe in.”
Blackburn completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at West Virginia Wesleyan and earned a Master of Arts degree in corporate and organizational communication from West Virginia University. His undergraduate experience was loaded with diverse community service experiences from working with youth to working at a raptor rehabilitation center in Alaska.
Working in admissions, Blackburn had a high degree of involvement with both committee and professional work. He was advisor to Theta Xi fraternity and a member of councils for Alumni, Greek Alumni and staff and committees for retention, facilities marketing and recruitment.
The Office of Greek Life may be contacted at 910.775.4048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.