Indianapolis, September 27, 2021 – The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) awards Mark E. Timmes with the NIC Gold Medal, its highest interfraternal honor. Timmes has not only served tirelessly as Pi Kappa Phi’s Chief Executive Officer for 27 years, he has also dedicated his time and talents to the success of the greater fraternal industry.
The presentation of the NIC Gold Medal is one of the oldest traditions of the NIC and dates back to 1940. The Gold Medal is presented for a lifetime of work within the fraternity movement.
NIC President and CEO Jud Horras stated, “Mark is considered one of the most trusted and loyal individuals in our profession. And perhaps most important personally, Mark is a treasured friend and true gentleman – to everyone he interacts with – while working to move the fraternity industry forward. As a colleague you just can’t ask for anyone better to work with, and I am grateful for his friendship and leadership.”
Becoming CEO in 1996, Timmes has led many strategic initiatives including Pi Kappa Phi’s four-year member development Journey Project, America’s Leading Fraternity Initiative, Second Century Vision and Uncommon Leadership strategic plans. He also led the fraternity through a refresh of branding, communications and volunteer strategies all contributing to an enhanced member experience.
In addition, Timmes has had a remarkable impact through his commitment to the greater fraternity community through work with the NIC, Southeastern Greek Leadership Association, Fraternity Executives Association and other industry groups. He has been a steadfast leader — his involvement is not in name or position only; his contributions are measured in action and legacy.
He is a devoted, life-long mentor, influencer, advocate and friend to many fraternity members and supporters. A true champion of the fraternity movement, Timmes does this work for the right reason and with no ego. He operates off the fundamental belief that work to advance the fraternity and sorority experience cannot happen without the greater community of inter/national organizations.
The NIC also awards Linda Wright with the NIC Silver Medal. Wright has been helping national fraternity headquarters, fraternity chapters and individual fraternity members navigate the difficult world of litigation for 30 years. Wright has earned top accreditation and is a trusted source of information in risk and claims cases.
Wright has spoken at countless fraternity leadership programs as well as headquarters staff training events. She believes strongly in the value of the fraternity experience and has been a vigorous advocate.
A strong advocate for fraternity, she sincerely believes in the benefits of fraternity membership for college men. Wright defends fraternal organizations and individual members in the most difficult circumstances; she truly cares about the people she works with and is part of the fraternal family.
The Silver Medal is presented for exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement. It has been awarded since 1980.