After conducting two national searches, the search committee for the Greek Life Coordinator decided not to offer the full-time position to any of the applicants, but instead hire an interim coordinator.
Jason Hinson-Nolen, a 2007 graduate of Murray State, signed a one-year contract to fill the position pending the 2013 national search. His first day on the job was Monday.
As Greek Life Coordinator he assess and works with the 22 Greek organizations on campus.
“A personal goal of mine is to meet with each organization and assess what areas they want to improve and then create action plans for each organization,” Hinson-Nolen said. “Additionally, I would like to see an increase in the number of new members for every organization on campus through recruitment initiatives.”
He said beyond recruitment for every organization, he plans to create a streamlined plan the University can follow when selecting new sororities and fraternities to begin expansion projects at Murray State.
Finally, the social events policy of the University will be a focus for educating every member about the policy and the reasons for its existence.
“I am a firm believer that when students understand the rationale behind the rules, they are often more accepting and even appreciative of the protections that they provide,” Hinson-Nolen said.
“Murray State was my home for four years and I was able to make positive changes in both the student organization and Greek Life realms as an undergraduate,” Hinson-Nolen said. “After two years traveling for Alpha Sigma Phi as the Assistant Director of Expansion, I jumped at the opportunity to bring my expertise in recruitment and expansion back to Murray State.”
He said viewed this opportunity as another chance to give back to the University that helped make him the man he is today.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to help students reach their potential, discover new areas for growth, and maximize their experience at Murray State,” he said.
Mike Young, vice president of Student affairs and Alpha Sigma Phi adviser, said expectations for Hinson-Nolen are through the roof.
“When we has undergraduate student, he was outstanding,” Young said. “He did what he needed to do as an undergrad and he can stand on his own merits.”
Hinson-Nolen received an honors diploma and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and legal studies. He was active in the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, Interfraternity Council, Honors Program, Student Government Association, and the University Judicial Board. He graduated as the Outstanding Senior Man, Greek Man of the Year, Outstanding Graduate in Political Science, and Outstanding Honors Program Graduate.
Young said Hinson-Nolen’s experience with expansion is something that’s attractive Murray State’s Greek organization
“All sections of Greek Affairs will benefit from his experience,” Young said.
Don Robertson, president of Student Affairs, said Henson-Nolen has an outstanding background and his expectations for him.
“I think we are very pleased that he has agreed to come in interim capacity,” Robertson said. “We will advertise again throughout the year about another national search. He may or may not choose to be a candidate, but certainly I’m eager for him to get here.”
Robertson said there are lots of things needed for the Greek system to move forward, and Hinson-Nolen will provide the leadership and direction for Murray State.
Story by Meghann Anderson, Assistant News Editor.