Indianapolis, September 13, 2022 – The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) announces the hiring of Russell Best, Dan Faill and Todd Sullivan as Vice Presidents of Campus Support beginning Sept. 19. As Vice Presidents of Campus Support, each will be focused on shaping positive fraternity experiences, coaching Interfraternity Councils (IFCs) and officers, and serving as a primary NIC representative to IFC officers, advisors, campus partners and alumni volunteers.
Best comes to the NIC from the University of Cincinnati Foundation where he has served for six years, most recently in the role of executive director of alumni and donor experience. Prior to the UC Foundation, Best worked for the University of Cincinnati supporting fraternity and sorority life and served on Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s staff as director of expansion and regional director. He actively pursues strategies that champion inclusivity, activate alumni, build a culture of philanthropy, provide resources to alumni, drive brand awareness and elevate reputation. Best brings more than a decade of higher education experience to the role.
On joining the NIC staff Best said, “I am very much looking forward to educating and advocating for the fraternity experience on behalf of our members and alongside industry partners, alumni, student leaders and campus administrators. After six years in alumni relations at my alma mater, I’m excited to return to the fraternal world.”
Best received Master of Community Planning and Bachelor of Urban Planning degrees from the University of Cincinnati.
Faill brings more than 15 years of work in higher education to the NIC team. In 2018, Faill started a company of his own – Faill Safe Solutions, LLC – through which he traveled the country, or presented virtually, speaking to communities and organizations advocating for safe and positive student experiences. Prior to starting his own company, Faill worked in fraternity and sorority life and alumni affairs at UCLA, Elon, Loyola Marymount and University of the Pacific. As a large part of his work, Faill challenges the paradigm of “tradition” to help others think critically about the situation and the bigger picture to become a better agent of positive social change.
“I’m excited to step back into my roots of advising and advocating for safe and transformative fraternal experiences, only this time I get to work with a plethora of campuses in a region I’ve called home for over 15 years,” Faill said regarding the VP role.
Faill holds a Master of Arts from the University of the Pacific in educational administration and leadership of student affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in communication and leadership studies where he joined Theta Chi Fraternity.
Sullivan joins the NIC staff having worked at Drexel University for the past five years as the director of fraternity and sorority life. He has been an active fraternity and sorority life advocate for two decades and served in various director-level roles at the University of Connecticut, Tufts and Florida International. Consistently supporting member growth and development in alignment with values and standards, Sullivan believes in enhancing the member experience on and off campus to support learning outcomes and growth for a diverse student population.
On accepting the role Sullivan said, “I’m excited to continue building fraternal partnerships across higher education, connecting a diverse array of students with the resources they need to be successful.”
Sullivan holds a Master of Science in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in film studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he joined Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
“We are thrilled to have three professionals joining our team who bring more than 40 years of industry experience, each having held campus-based roles as well as various stints at their respective fraternity headquarters,” said Judson Horras, NIC president and CEO, “In the last twelve months the NIC has launched the IFC Advisory Council; absorbed the cost of PRIME and IFC Academy into IFC dues providing more accessible programming; partnered with Tikkit to enhance event safety; distributed data detailing the positive impact of fraternity; and more, and we’re excited to have Russell, Dan and Todd on board to continue to advocate for and champion the fraternal experience.”
Upon joining staff, Best will support institutions in the South and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org; Faill will support institutions on the West Coast and can be contacted at email@example.com; and Sullivan will support institutions in the Northeast and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North American Interfraternity Conference is the trade association representing 58 inter/national men’s fraternities. The NIC’s member organizations boast more than 6,000 chapters located on more than 550 campuses in the United States and Canada, with approximately 250,000 undergraduate members and nearly 4.2 million alumni.