Congratulations To Our Newly Elected 35th General President...

Congratulations To Our Newly Elected 35th General President...

Today, Brother Everett B. Ward, Ph.D., shown in the picture above, has been named Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s 35th general president-elect during the organization’s board meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“The brothers have spoken and these two candidates ran an exemplary campaign. Both Brother Ward and Brother Crutison have shown that they are men of integrity and sustenance while representing Alpha as general presidential candidates,” General President Tillman said after the results were reported. “Now that we have counted the ballots, it’s time for Alpha men to move forward!”

Brother Everett B. Ward entered the brotherhood through the Phi Lambda Chapter seated in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1985. Since then, Brother Ward has remained engaged with Alpha and his community through a variety of leadership roles at the chapter, district, and regional levels, including being the past southern region vice president, national foundation chairman, and a regional and national committee chairman. As chairman of the Alpha Phi Alpha Building Foundation, he facilitated property sales, and as southern region vice president, he led the largest region in the fraternity through 4 years of financial prosperity and organizational growth. During his tenure as chairman of the Alpha Phi Alpha Board of Directors’ strategic planning committee, he coordinated the 5-year strategic direction adopted by the board and the general organization.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,” said Brother Ward, after learning the results of the election. “My vision for our organization is to put service before self and to undertake and meet the needs of our communities according to the demands of the times. At its core, our tenure in office will be about executing our mission while protecting our organization and preserving the traditions and protocols that have defined us over the last 110 years.”


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
  • COMPLETE – 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.
  • COMPLETE – Friday, July 22, 2016: General President announced(announcement will occur at a board of directors meeting)
  • IN PROGRESS – January 1, 2017: 35th General President assumes office

The general president-elect will assume office on January 1, 2017.

Things to know for the Alpha Board of Directors Meeting and Enjoying New Orleans

Things to know for the Alpha Board of Directors Meeting and Enjoying New Orleans

Brother *|LNAME|*,

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Board of Directors will be meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 21- 23, 2016. The following board agenda is provided below to assist you with any planned attendance. Please be mindful that this agenda is subject to change. The Board of Directors will convene at the Hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, 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.


All board meetings require business attire. Also, please be mindful of the local weather when planning your evening activities.



Thursday, July 21, 2016
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm



2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

  1. Call to Order/Roll Call (Mark S. Tillman)
  2. Invocation
  3. Adoption of the Agenda (Tillman)
  4. Greetings/Introductions
  5. Approval of Previous Board Minutes (Tillman)
    1. May 24, 2016, Conference Call
  6. General President Update (Tillman)
  7. Executive Director’s Report / Update on Approved Actions (William Lyle)
  8. *** BREAK ***
  9. Report of General Officers
    1. Comptroller/Audit Committee (Donald Jackson)
    2. General Treasurer/Investment Committee (Hyacinth Ahuruonye)
    3. Eastern Region (R. Anthony Mills)
    4. Midwestern Region (Willis L. Lonzer)
    5. Southern Region (Ronald M. Natson)
    6. Southwestern Region (Maurice D. Gipson)
    7. Western Region (Russell Flye)
  10. Executive Session
  11. *** ENJOY NEW ORLEANS ***

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

  1. Report of Standing Committees
    1. Committee on Elections, Part I (Lucious Turner)
    2. Report of the Director of Conventions (Van Strickland)
    3. Commission on Racial Justice (Gregory Vincent / Gregory Johnson)
  2. Report of Special Committees
    1. Centennial Preservation Project (Milton C. Davis)
    2. Project Alpha Update (Charles Marshall)
    3. Alpha University Reboot (Joel Johnson)
    4. Registry of Foundations and Affiliates Update (Daryl Parker)
    5. Go to High School, Go to College (ODJJP Grant) Update (Sammie Dow)
  3. *** LUNCH *** (On Your Own)
  4. Executive Session
  5. Announcement of the General President Results (Late Afternoon or Evening)
  6. *** ENJOY NEW ORLEANS ***


9:00 am to Noon 

  1. Executive Session
  2. Installation of New Officers
  3. Board Orientation (Review)
  4. *** Closing Reception, Starting at 1PM (Open)***
  5. *** ENJOY NEW ORLEANS ***

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

  1. Church Service | Historic St. James AME Church (Optional)
    222 N Roman St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Church Service | Historic St. James AME Church (Optional)
222 N Roman St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Where Do We Go From Here: Next Steps in Response to Killings


Brother *|LNAME|*, again we find ourselves mourning the loss of two more Black lives, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minn., at the hands of police within 48 hours of each other. I express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile.

In the last couple of days, I spoke to the presidents of Beta Iota Lambda and Xi Nu Lambda chapters [Baton Rouge, LA] and Gamma Xi Lambda chapter [Minneapolis, Minn.]. I offered support and direction as they are the boots on the ground in these cities representing the fraternity in the wake of these recent tragedies . Also, pray for Brother Melvin “Kip” Holden [Xi Nu Lambda], mayor of Baton Rouge, and the job he must do as the leader of that city.

We have seen far too often the killing of black and brown people at the hands of police. Now we have seen acts of violence that have led to more horrific acts of violence towards officers in Dallas, TX for whom I also offer condolences. No brother of the Dallas Police Department was harmed. Continue to pray for the safety of our brothers in law enforcement who are putting their lives on the line for us every day.

The cycle of social media outrage followed by the inserting of a name that becomes a hashtag repeats what we have seen before and will only change through action and accountability. There are clear reforms needed and steps that have yet to be taken to proactively address these situations and a long list of others. We must demand accountability of those agencies sworn to protect and serve while providing transparency for civilians and police. I encourage you to review the list of actions below to be informed and aware of what you can do to be a part of the solution.

Brother *|LNAME|*, our records indicate your status and affiliation within the fraternity:

Active with the Fraternity? *|ACTIVE|*
Affiliation: *|CHAPTER|*

I have stated this before–I need brothers to stay involved, stay financially activewith the fraternity, and connect to a chapter in your areaThe work of Alpha Phi Alpha is done locally in our communities where we can have the greatest impact. When you became a member you were asked, “What can you do for ALPHA?” I need you to be engaged, connected, and committed.

In the wake of the ceaseless extrajudicial killings of African-Americans, we take to the streets to vent our frustrations, and to be honest, I did too. Statements of condolence offer limited comfort, and for me, they have become too routine. Our statement on yesterday reflects this very point and it must stop. Otherwise, we are simply replacing names in a form letter. Alpha brothers have taken an oath to be servants of all. When we work together as Alphas, we can truly transcend all.


Mark S. Tillman


Alpha Statement on <> at the Hands of Police

Alpha Statement on <> at the Hands of Police

Since the death of <<insert the name of a past death of a person of color>>, we have seen the deaths of too many other people of color at the hands of police officers. On <<insert date>>, in <<insert city, state>><<insert recent death of another person of color>> was <<insert method of killing>> for <<insert random act that does not warrant the death penalty>>.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those suffering because of <<insert name of a recent death of another person of color>>’s death. The death of yet another <<insert person’s race>><<insert person’s sex>> at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community is a stern reminder of the urgent need for criminal justice reform. <<Insert recent death of another person of color>> was a <<insert person’s familial ties>> of <<insert number of children, if any>> and a <<insert job/occupation>> whose life was senselessly cut short due to a tragic encounter with the police. <<(If necessary) We commend and applaud the courageous citizen of <<insert city, state>> who captured the <<insert method of killing>> incident on video then quickly released it to the family.>>

From <<insert the name of a past death of a different person of color>> to <<insert the name of a past death of a different person of color>> and <<insert the name of a past death of a different person of color>> to <<insert the name of a past death of a different person of color>>, the narrative of excessive force and brutality perpetrated by police officers continues to permeate headlines, forcing us to move united in collective action. Together, we must provide solutions within our criminal justice system that will keep children protected, communities safe, and law enforcement officers properly trained and engaged.

Work for the Greatest Fraternity in the World! (Assistant Executive Director-Editor-In-Chief)

Work for the Greatest Fraternity in the World! (Assistant Executive Director-Editor-In-Chief)


Alpha employees are unique individuals whose varied talents and experiences bring value to the way members connect with their chapters, districts, regions, and national leadership. If you love working with men and women who make a difference every day, you’ll probably be a great fit at Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity because that’s what you’ll do as the Assistant Executive Director-Editor-In-Chief. With each member conversation you have, it becomes clear: You’re not just supporting the fraternity. You’re supporting our community.


We’re perfectionists. Idealists. Change agents. Forever talking and moving with a brotherhood-first mindset. Whatever program, process, or people it takes to make a stronger member, we are always on the lookout for better. Whether you come in the office one day or have to fly to another city to give a presentation the next, a job at Alpha will be demanding and rewarding. Bright, original thinking and hard work are a big part of the culture here and none of us would have it any other way.


Alpha team members receive a robust benefits package with multiple resources to promote career development, which further enhances the kind of work you’ll do in the future at Alpha.


With so many ways to contribute here, chances are good you’ll find a path to do what you love. We need the best of the best to create presentations and seminars who will connect with our members to market, support, and manage our programs, partnerships, and mission on a local level.


At Alpha, we know inspiring leaders come from every sort of background. What matters most is your ability to connect, provide innovative solutions, and create an environment where all can succeed.

Thank You for Voting and Next Steps

Thank You for Voting and Next Steps

Brother *|LNAME|*, thank you for being engaged in the general presidential election process. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Brother Aaron Crutison Sr. and Brother Everett B. Ward for running to be the 35th General President of our great fraternity. I know how exhausting the campaign trail can be and we should respect the courage needed to sacrifice on behalf of our beloved Alpha Phi Alpha.

The votes will be tallied and the official election results will be released on Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Alpha Phi Alpha Board of Directors meeting. If you have questions please email Our elections team is always here to help. For more information regarding the election process, please click here.

Mark S. Tillman
General President