December 15, 2016


J. Tanner Marcantel, Executive Director
(314) 993-6294

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Director of Leadership Development and Education Dr. Phil Barrineau, of Greensboro, North Carolina announced his retirement after more than ten years of service to Theta Xi Fraternity. His last day on staff will be July 31, 2017.

Dr. B accrued considerable distinction as the Director of Leadership and Education at Fraternity Headquarters since his hiring on March 1, 2006.  Under the guidance of Dr. B, Theta Xi implemented the Leadership Initiative, including the All True Men program, Vredenburgh Presidents Academy, Rising Stars Academy, and Newell District Leadership Academies.  Additionally, he served as Director of Expansion, leading the efforts to start chapters at Georgia Southern University, Shippensburg University, and Western Carolina University.

His relentless pursuit of improving the personal and leadership development of undergraduates will be his legacy for the Fraternity.  Upon reflection, Dr. B noted that he is proudest of two things: the creation of the peer facilitator program for the Vredenburgh Presidents Academy; and the enhancement of the facilitation teams for all leadership programs to include alumni brothers, campus partners, and friends of the Fraternity.  “It’s been a highlight of my time on Headquarters staff to see nearly 50 young alumni and 75 volunteers engage in our pursuit of the highest quality leadership development programming for college men.  I will cherish the relationships built with these brothers and volunteers for a lifetime.”  

Theta Xi is also pleased to announce that Dr. B will remain engaged on a contract basis, and will coordinate the engagement and leadership development of alumni, especially advisors and advisory teams.

About Theta Xi Fraternity:

Theta Xi was founded in 1864 by eight students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY during the Civil War. Founded as the first professional social fraternity with limited membership to undergraduate men majoring in engineering. The Fraternity Headquarters, located today in St. Louis, MO, provides leadership programs and personal development education to more than 50 chapters and colonies across the United States, and has initiated over 70,000 brothers.

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