Fraternity & Sorority Life Staff
The Fraternity & Sorority Life staff includes three professional fraternity and sorority advisors with over 40 years of combined experience working with fraternal organizations. The Fraternity & Sorority Life office is a member of the Dean of Students Office team and works collaboratively with other departments in Student Life to support the success of University of Kentucky Students.
We welcome visitors to our office, which is located on the fifth floor of Patterson Office Tower in room 575. The office is open year-round; Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Meet Our Team
Our staff includes three professional staff members who work directly with our governing councils, and a team of four house directors who support facilities and large community projects.
Our advisors work with the governing council and chapters in all areas of fraternity and sorority operation including membership education, leadership, community service, University Involvement, finance, recruitment, scholarship, personal growth, and accountability. The staff works collaboratively with the officers of the governing councils, members and chapter officers, as well as chapter advisors, alumni corporations, and inter/national organization volunteers and staff.
Our office is structured to encourage collaboration between our chapters and councils. Each member of our advising team advises a governing council and several areas of chapter function as described below. Chapters should examine their area of need and seek out the staff member who is working with those areas for assistance.
Susan West, Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Susan West supervises all areas of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Kentucky along with advising the Panhellenic Council and serving as the liaison between Fraternity & Sorority Affairs and the Master Planning initiatives at the University and external organizations. She is a native of Morristown, Tennessee and a graduate from Centre College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and University of Kentucky with a Masters' of Education in Counseling and Psychology. She is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and has assisted in the advising of the Centre College chapter. She has been recognized as an outstanding advisor by the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference twice and by the National Panhellenic Advisor in 2001. In 2008 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Centre College for her work in Higher Education. She is active in the Lexington community and with her parish at Cathedral of Christ the King. At UK she serves on several committees and task forces along with teaching UK 101.
Along with advising Panhellenic, Dean West works with chapters in the following areas:
- Housing and Housing Development
- Strategic Planning
- Alumni Relations
Emily Perrin Britt, Assistant Dean of Students
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Emily Perrin Britt has been a member of the FSA staff since November 2012. She has worked with NPHC and UGC, and now serves as the advisor to the Interfraternity Council. Emily is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate from Centre College with a B.A. in Sociology, and Ohio University with a Masters' of Education in College Student Personnel. She is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and volunteers for her organization as a District Standards Specialist for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Emily also serves as a volunteer with other inter/national organizations with leadership development and recruitment programs.
In addition to advising IFC, Emily coordinates Risk Reduction for all chapters and events hosted by fraternities and sororities. She also works with chapters in the following areas:
- Standards and Accountability
- Risk Reduction
Jenna Lyons, Assistant Dean of Students
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Jenna is a native of Columbia, SC and a graduate from Newberry College with a B.A. in Philosophy and will graduate from University of Louisville with a Masters' of Education in College Student Personnel. Prior to attending UofL, she was employed as a Regional Consultant for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority for two years, during which she assisted in the establishment of new chapters at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Missouri State University, and Grand Valley State University, as well as traveled to more than 25 college campuses in the United States. Jenna currently volunteers for Tri Sigma as the Extension Presentation Coordinator and as the recruitment advisor for the Gamma Psi chapter at Morehead State University. In her free time, Jenna enjoys traveling, being a foodie, reading, binge watching tv, and exploring her new home of Lexington!
Jenna advises the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Greek Coalition, as well as working with colonies and new chapters in all councils. She also works with chapters in the following areas:
- Recruitment and Retention
- Philanthropy and Event Planning
- Greek Awards
Robert Smith, House Director Coordinator
Sigma Alpha Epsilon House Director
Robert T. Smith has been with the University of Kentucky since August 2013, starting as the House Director for Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He currently serves as the House Director Coordinator, overseeing the other three house directors and taking the lead on facilities and the management of the four University operated chapter houses. He is a native of Erie, PA and a graduate of Edinboro University of PA where he earned both a B.A. in Communications (’05) and an M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs (’13). He is an active alumnus member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, which he has served as a volunteer since 2005 in a number of capacities in both Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Before UK, Robert worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Greek Life and Student Leadership Development at Edinboro.
Delta Sigma Phi House Director
Benjamin Powell joined staff in August 2016 as the house director for Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Previously he served as a graduate assistant for the Student Financial Aid Office and worked with the Office of Fraternity/Sorority Life at the University of Louisville, where he is working on obtaining his Master's Degree in College Student Personnel. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Spring of 2015 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Benjamin is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
In addition to working with the Delta Sigma Phi house, Benjamin works with the Success Review Program, Junior IFC, and other special projects in Fraternity & Sorority Affairs.
Sigma Chi House Director
Joel Saslaw started at the University of Kentucky in July of 2014 as the Sigma Chi House Director. Joel graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2010 with a B.A. in History and then graduated from the University of the Pacific, Spring 2013, with an M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs.Joel is an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity where he serves as the Chapter Counselor for the chapter here at UK, and facilitates leadership development for SigEp across the country. Joel lives and breathes Dodgers Baseball and Dallas Cowboys Football.
In addition to working with the Sigma Chi house, Joel assists with risk reduction and event registration for fraternities and sororities at UK.
Alpha Tau Omega House Director
Chris White rejoined the University of Kentucky in January 2016 as the House Director for Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Before that Chris spent the last 3 years as a Personal Banker with Fifth Third Bancorp here in Lexington. Chris graduated from the University of Kentucky with a M.A. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sports Leadership and Fitness in 2012. While attending the University of Kentucky he was the House Director for the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Chris also coaches boys’ basketball at Tates Creek High School where he has been the Freshman Coach for 7 years and Head Varsity Assistant for 2 years. Chris enjoys running, reading and watching sports whenever possible.
In addition to working with the Alpha Tau Omega house, Chris assists with academic support and financial procedures for the fraternity and sorority community.
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