“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Alex Brown, South Dakota State ‘08, was born and raised in Comfrey, Minnesota, a small farming community in the southern part of the state. Graduating in a highschool class of 14, Brother Brown attended South Dakota State University, where he was involved in a variety of organizations, including the SDSU Statesmen Men’s Choir, Political Science Club, writing for the school paper, and the student government. It was through this involvement that connected him to the newest fraternity on campus: Delta Chi.
“I joined shortly after Delta Chi earned their charter,” Brown said. “For people who have been around an organization during this time, it was sort of the ‘ok…now what do we do’ stage. Fortunately, we had some amazing leaders who began to shape the future of our chapter. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of the SDSU Chapter during that time, because it helped to show what was possible and the impact that I could have as a leader.”
Brown joined in fall 2005 and served in a variety of roles, including the “D”, Public Relations Chair, Associate Member Counselor, and more. He remained active on campus and served as Student Body President. Through his undergraduate experiences and opportunities supporting student involvement, Brown went on to earn his master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Serving as a campus professional at colleges and universities in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, Brown’s work centered on building and growing programs and developing organizational culture.
“Throughout my career, my jobs have almost exclusively been in newly created positions. My ability to create, grow, and develop values-centered programs came directly from my undergraduate experiences in Delta Chi.”
Throughout his career, he has worked with fraternity and sorority life advising, student leadership development, student governance, student fees and finances, and alumni engagement. Brown has stayed connected to Delta Chi as an alumnus in a variety of roles, including as an ABT volunteer, program facilitator, and curriculum development for programs. Previously, Brown spent several years as Delta Chi’s Director of Alumni Engagement.
“Delta Chi provides an array of opportunities to support the growth and development of our members. I’m honored to serve in this new role and I’m eager to be able to invest in the future of our members, organizations, and Fraternity.”
What do you like about working at Delta Chi?
I found my career and passion because of my experiences as a Delta Chi. My membership helped to develop leadership skills, grow my confidence, and taught me that I have a role in giving back to the world around me. The chance to join a dynamic staff and help our members make the most of their experiences was something that I couldn’t pass up. I’m honored to serve Delta Chi. I will never be able to repay the Fraternity for all it has given me.
What are the values that drive you?
I believe that at its core, fraternity was designed to change the world. We are a part of organizations that teach us the value of education and lifelong learning. We develop hands-on leadership skills, have the opportunity to serve others and our community, and do all this while building deep, lasting connections and relationships. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something like that? The values of Delta Chi really shape my approach to my work and my life. As members, I believe we’ve chosen to accept the challenge to live those values every day.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I like to spend as much time as possible with my partner (Ashley) and daughter (Aria). They mean the world to me and I always enjoy our adventures. We love to go to the zoo, children’s museum, or swimming. Ashley is always great about finding new opportunities and experiences to share as a family. Getting the chance to spend time with our extended family is also a focus for us. We like to travel and enjoy spending time together at a family cabin in northern Minnesota. I love to read, watch movies, and listen to music. I serve as a volunteer for several fraternal organizations and campuses, and look to support the fraternal movement in a variety of ways.