Meet our new Alumni Association President - Ben Boden '01.
For twelve years, Ben was the Alumni & Volunteer Officer for the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, where he
oversaw the development of alumni advisory boards for every PIKE chapter across North America. Ben was the primary contact for alumni associations and supported local chapters as they executed their own alumni relations programs.
Ben ultimately served as Chief Operating Officer of the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation until 2020. He was in charge of the major gift programs and fundraising staff while overseeing the day-to-day operations.
Ben: “I’ve spent over a decade traveling the country, listening to alumni tell me how important Pi Kappa Alpha was in shaping the man that they’ve become.There are three themes that I’ve carried with me from all of these conversations. The first is that the fraternity experience is a local experience. The second: alumni want to receive meaningful communication. The third: alumni want to interact with their fraternity and their brothers.”
About stepping in as president of the alumni association, “I lived at 2112 Lincoln Way for four years and that experience shaped the man I am today. The alumni association’s board is extremely healthy and I’m honored to help lead communication and engagement efforts while we redevelop AlphaPhi and 2112 Lincoln Way. There are a lot of alumni lending their talents and professional expertise to lead efforts with the chapter, house corporation and alumni association. I’m excited to work with all of them to support the chapter and house that built us.”
Ben is currently a VP and Relationship Manager withFirst Horizon Bank in Memphis. He and his wife Page live in Germantown, TN with their two young children, Davis and Catherine. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Wegelin '07 leads advisory board for Provisional Chapter.
Joe is transitioning from Alpha Phi alumni association president to a new role as the chapter advisor to the new
provisional chapter. Joe worked with the Dentons Law Firm partner, and brother Stan Thompson'79 to develop new articles of incorporation and bylaws. He is also credited with the promotion of the 2112 Club and the startup of the 2112 brand of wines. Joe’s goal of “waking up the alumni brotherhood” initiated the highly successful Pledge Class virtual happy hour. He recruited Jac Coverdale ’72 to build the new Alpha Phi website and revitalize the newsletter to ensure all alumni receive meaningful communication. Last but not least was his successful recruitment of his replacement, Ben Boden. (That guy on the left.)
Joe Wegelin graduated from Iowa State University in2011 with B.S. Finance. He served as Alpha Phi chapter president during the 2010 term. Upon graduation he took a professional position at Pi Kappa AlphaMemorial Headquarters in Memphis, TN to serve as a Chapter Leadership Consultant advising 20 chapters and starting a new chapter in his first 6 months. Joe was promoted to Director of Expansion in January 2012where he served until 2015. In that position he coordinated university, fraternity headquarters and area alumni resources, establishing over 20 new chapters across North America at a 100% success rate.
Currently, Joe works as a consultant for the CorporateOffice of EMC Insurance Companies. Joe consults EMC insure-tech startup investments and Branch Offices of EMC’s Commercial P&C Insurance operation.
Joe and his wife, Anna (Chi Omega) live in Des Moines, and he can be reached at email@example.com.