10 Day Reminder: General Presidential Election Ballots Mailed

10 Day Reminder: General Presidential Election Ballots Mailed

As a reminder, the ballots for the election of our 35th General President have been mailed. Based on the information you provided us, the following is where your ballot has been mailed:

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If you have not received your ballot, have an issue with voting electronically, or have an issue with your paper ballot, call 877-324-7655 or email elections@apa1906.net. Our elections team is always here to help.

If you are having any issues or concerns with your ballot, please see the suggestions below:

  1. “I have not received my ballot.”
    Call 877-324-7655. Our team can provide you with a ballot package to vote by mail or your PIN to vote electronically. When you call the number you are required to leave a voicemail so our elections system can create a digital archive of all calls received. Our team will return your call in a timely manner.
  2. “The United States Postal Service mistakenly returned my ballot to me.”
    While the ballot package has been in use for 25 years and is frequently reviewed and approved by the USPS, there are isolated cases of human error. This occurs when a postal employee fails to run the mail through the automated sorter. When that happens, you can simply drop the ballot back in the mail, or you may vote electronically.

First of all, We Vote…for our leadership!

Brothers, the fraternity has provided you with options that increase voter turnout, reduce manual counting of results, and analyze voting trends for future elections. For more information regarding the election process, please click here.

Board of Directors Meeting

(Limited seating available)

The Board of Directors will convene at the Hilton Riverside during The Alpha Family Vacation and the results of the election for the 35th General President will be announced on Friday, July 22nd, during the meeting. Brothers interested in attending the board meeting, please click here to complete a short attendee survey.

Candidates for General President

These brothers are certified in accordance with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Constitution and By-Laws, and the Protocol and Procedure for the Certification, Nomination and Election of General Officers.

The candidates may campaign at individual chapters, districts, and regions. Candidate forums will be held at the regional and general convention only. Please refer to the Protocol and Procedure for the Certification, Nomination and Election of General Officers for the guidelines that candidates and brothers are expected to follow.

Aaron Crutison, Sr.

  • Home Region/District: 
    Western/Northern California 
  • Current Chapter Affiliation (seat): 
    Gamma Phi Lambda (Berkeley, CA)
  • Chapter of Initiation (seat)/Year Initiated:
    Alpha Epsilon (University of California Berkeley)/1983
  • Educational Experience:
    MPA, Public Administration, University of San Francisco, 2009
    BA, Health Administration/Social Science, University of California Berkeley, 1987
  • Vision for Alpha Phi Alpha: 
    “The past 31 years of active engagement, service and leadership at every level within this illustrious organization has helped develop my vision to ‘Elevate Alpha.’ We will build upon the vision of the Jewels and ensure Alpha Phi Alpha is the most formidable organization and premiere leader on issues impacting our communities. We accomplish this by strengthening our chapter engagement, building a utopia-networking infrastructure and fiscal foundation, and including endowments and projects that elevate our collective agenda and position Alpha for generations to come. Moreover, galvanizing the brotherhood that permeates an environment where every brother wants to be involved.”

Everett B. Ward

  • Home Region/District:
    Southern/North Carolina
  • Current Chapter Affiliation (seat):
    Phi Lambda (Raleigh, NC)
  • Chapter of Initiation (seat)/Year Initiated: 
    Phi Lambda (Raleigh, NC)/1985
  • Educational Experience:
    Ph.D., Leadership Studies, North Carolina A&T State University, 2013 M.A., History/Liberal Studies, North Carolina State University, 2003 BA, English, St. Augustine’s College, 1982
  • Vision for Alpha Phi Alpha:
    “After serving 30 consecutive, active years of Alpha leadership at the chapter, district, regional and national levels, while accumulating experience as a national leader in politics, state government, academia, and community service, I envision our Fraternity, under my leadership, utilizing its collective intellectual capital to combat the social, economic, educational and political ills confronting our community. I also firmly believe that an environment must be created where the mentorship and the development of the next generation of Alpha leaders, is done purposely and is sustainable. We must continue to protect our House by adopting sound fiscal and financial management best practices.”


The nomination and election cycle for the general office of general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is in two phases: the ballot phase and the election phase. The ballot phase has already taken place at the 109th Anniversary/93rd General Convention in Charlotte, NC where delegates elected the top two candidates to the official ballot. The election phase will occur in April 2016. One member from the official ballot will be elected by majority vote of the active membership. The general president presides over the General Convention or any special General Convention that may be called, is the chairman of the board of directors, and represents the fraternity in such manner as the nature of his office may require.
  • COMPLETE – October 1–31, 2014: Candidate certification application submission window
  • COMPLETE – November 1–30, 2014: Candidate certification approval window
  • COMPLETE – December 1, 2014: Certified candidates announced, official campaigning begins
  • COMPLETE – March 2015 – April 2015: Candidate forums at all 2015 regional conventions
  • COMPLETE – August 2015: Candidate forum, top two general president candidates elected to official ballot, and Comptroller elected at General Convention (comptroller assumes office at conclusion of convention)
  • COMPLETE – August 2015: Immediately following the General Convention, top two general president candidates continue campaigning
  • COMPLETE March 2016 – May 2016: Candidate forums at all 2016 regional conventions
  • IN PROGRESS April 2016 – June 30, 2016: Ballots distributed to members no later than the twenty-first (21st) day (a member’s grand tax must be paid by April 1, 2016, or he must be a Life Member and all financial obligations satisfied). VOTING ENDS JUNE 30, 2016.
  • Friday, July 22, 2016: General President announced (announcement will occur at a board of directors meeting)
  • January 1, 2017: 35th General President assumes office

Happy Father's Day, Brothers! Let's Celebrate Our Alpha Fathers and Mentors

Happy Father's Day, Brothers! Let's Celebrate Our Alpha Fathers and Mentors

Brothers, we want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Father’s Day. Even if you do not have your own biological children, we are sure that you are a father figure in some young man or young woman’s life. Continue to lead by example, as our communities need us now more than ever.

We need you to be personally invested in mentoring young men. Brothers, get involved in your chapter’s Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College program, become a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America or contribute financially through the Alpha Community Advocacy Campaign. We need the financial resources to support the programs that develop our young boys, and they need role models to assist them in navigating challenges in their life. Brothers, you are a shining example of what it means to advocate on behalf of our communities.

Get involved and stay involved today.

#Fatherhood #APhiA #ServantsofAll

2016 Memorial Day- We Remember Our Fallen Brothers

2016 Memorial Day- We Remember Our Fallen Brothers

Memorial Day is one of our nation’s oldest and most significant holidays. It is a day of remembering the more than 1.1 million men and women who died while serving in the country’s Armed Forces.

This weekend, Americans in large numbers will visit our 134 national cemeteries in 40 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites to honor their loved ones, neighbors, colleagues, even some unknown to them, commemorating the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation. We recall the glory of sacrifice of all who have set their personal aspirations aside for the preservation of our society. Whether we recognize those who served in World War I, World War II, our Cold Wars in Korea and Vietnam, the liberations in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, America’s bloodiest war–the Civil War, or countless others who served and sacrificed their lives in smaller American conflicts around the world, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women who took up arms against the enemies of the United States of America. They laid down their lives to ensure a brighter future for the loved ones they left behind.

Alpha joins with all Americans in honoring military brothers who have been called to the “Altar of Freedom” in offering prayers for them and their families who sacrifice to this day.

Happy Memorial Day.


Mark S. Tillman

General President

Statement Regarding the Tragedy in Orlando

Statement Regarding the Tragedy in Orlando

Brothers, sadly, homophobia, bigotry, and hate are alive and well in our country. Whenever lives are lost to ignorance and a heinous act of violence, it impacts each and every one of us. A gunman walked into a nightclub on June 12, 2016, and killed at least forty-nine people and wounded fifty-three more in an attack that has left some of us with many questions. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who have been killed and wounded as well as the LGTBQ community. No person should ever be in fear of their safety because of who they are, what they look like, or who they love.

I encourage every brother to become educated and advocate for change beyond hash tags. In this election cycle it is vital that we press for and elect leadership, particularly on the state and local level, that will stand and fight against hatred of any kind. Our chapters will continue to push for voter engagement, education, and registration, as we have for over 80 years, by using our Voteless People is a Hopeless People national program as a vehicle to empower voters to be true advocates. 

Immediately, I ask that all brothers in the Orlando area donate blood, to prayerfully help the surviving victims of this massacre. I am also asking that all brothers everywhere join your Orlando brothers in solidarity by donating blood this week, in your area, to help others who may need it.

Our members should continue to work to destroy bigotry and hate, in all forms, as we are compelled to do as men of Alpha. Love is truly what conquers all and we must love all mankind enough to create spaces to educate and be advocates committed to a better future for all of us.

Mark S. Tillman