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.