IOWA CITY, Iowa – After an extensive and lengthy search led by Sterling Martin & Associates, the Delta Chi Fraternity Board of Regents voted unanimously on the selection of Jerod Breit, Central Missouri ’04, as the Fraternity’s 10th Executive Director and CEO, effective December 29, 2018.
Breit attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri,graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Business Management. He was initiated into Delta Chi on November 10, 2000. Upon graduation, Breit worked in business management, sales and marketing for Applebee’s International, SYSCO Foods and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
“I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to continue a life in service to others,” Breit said. “Our future as a close association depends on intentional growth, providing our members with opportunity and celebrating what makes each of our brothers unique, all while coming together as one common brotherhood, sharing in one common bond. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to serve during the next chapter of our historic chronicle that is our beloved Fraternity.”
In January 2017, Breit joined the Delta Chi International Headquarters as the Director of Member Safety, implementing a violation reduction strategy focused on enforcement, outreach, innovation and education. At the end of spring 2018, the Fraternity saw a 44% reduction in overall violations and a 77% decrease in incidents of hazing across its 118 chapters and colonies. A key component of the strategy was the design and implementation of a prevention education series appropriately named Open Door Webinars, A Member Safety Education Series, signifying the Fraternity’s open door of communication with alumni and undergraduate members. It serves as proof that consistent and constant discussion is key to a safe member experience. In August 2018, Jerod was appointed by the Executive Committee as the Interim Executive Director and swiftly began forward momentum in the progress toward achieving the Fraternity’s Strategic Initiatives.
“The selection committee had a number of very qualified applications and Jerod’s strategic vision, operational experience, dedication to our Fraternity’s values and passion for service will all benefit Delta Chi in the years ahead,” Aaron Otto, Kansas State ’98, and Delta Chi International President said.
This is an exciting time for the Fraternity. Delta Chi is in the middle of implementing a five-year strategic plan which will create and cultivate a lifelong, values-based fraternal experience focusing in the areas of alumni engagement, education, growth, and civic responsibility. Additionally, the Fraternity announced earlier this year its intention to move its international headquarters from Iowa City, Iowa to Indianapolis, Indiana.
In2007, Breit began his service to his community with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, serving in many assignments and came highly decorated. In 2013, he was appointed to the Intelligence Division as a Detective in the Office of the Chief of Police and his final assignment was with the Mayor’s Protection Detail. In this duel role he was also responsible for the coordination of all Federal Protective Service Missions to St. Louis and was the first Metropolitan Officer to graduate from the United States Department of Homeland Security-Counter terrorism Division, Protective Service Operations School at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Glynco, Georgia. During his career, Breit served as a Patrol Officer,Field Training Officer, Bureau Detective, Public Affairs, Homicide Division and Gang Unit Detective.
Outside of his career, Breit is deeply devoted to The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, a government and leadership program for the youth of Missouri. 2019 will be his 20th year as a member of the all-volunteer staff and his sixth year serving as a member of the Board of Directors. This “Democracy in Action”experience promotes citizenship, service and the support of our nation’s veterans and tomorrows leaders. Breit’s involvement with Missouri Boys State has encompassed many roles, not unlike his service to the City of St. Louis and now the Delta Chi International Fraternity. He currently serves the program as the Assistant Dean of Operations. In 2012, Breit was nominated and received Alumnus of the Year by the Missouri Boys State Alumni Association. He was nominated by his mentor and friend, the late Mr. Jim Whitfield; a World War II veteran and devoted member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He attributes his membership in Delta Chi and service to Missouri Boys State, as two things that helped shape the man he is today.
About Delta Chi
The Delta Chi Fraternity is an international brotherhood of undergraduate and alumni members whose goals are to promote friendship, develop character,advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education. Since its founding as a law fraternity in 1890, Delta Chi has grown to over 115,000members and today extends membership to the general college population. We maintain nearly 150 undergraduate and alumni chapters across North America. The Fraternity is dedicated to creating and cultivating a lifelong, values-based experience through networking, philanthropic, and leadership opportunities as well as events and gatherings to foster friendship and belonging.