Story by Matthew Parks, Staff writer
Brooke Hubbard, graduate assistant for Greek life and student leadership, has taken over the role as interim coordinator while Murray State searches for a permanent replacement for Evan Ditty.
Ditty was the Murray State coordinator of Greek life and student leadership programs, who recently resigned from his role, leaving the position vacant for the start of the semester.
Hubbard received her bachelor’s degree in middle school education from Murray State, and is currently working toward her master’s in postsecondary education administration.
“This was a smooth transition as we continue to do an ongoing search to fill this position,” Hubbard said. “My goal is to maintain the progress that has been made within the Murray State Greek system.”
Ditty filled the role of Greek coordinator for about two years and many Greek students said they believe he had a major impact on the university’s Greek life. He played a large role in reestablishing Greek Week in Spring 2016, a week-long philanthropy event highlighting Greek unity, after it had been on hiatus for a year.
Ditty took a new position at Penn State University starting in January as the assistant director of fraternity and sorority life.
Connor Moore, recruitment chair for Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, interacted with Ditty on a daily basis during his time at Murray State and said he was a good man.
“Evan was my Greek life advisor and a good friend,” Moore said. “He was in charge of all the Greek organizations on campus and had a class in the spring teaching young students skills and leadership qualities.”
Taylor Thomas, recent Murray State graduate and member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, said that while she didn’t have much direct interaction with Ditty, he definitely performed well in his role and made Greek life better in many facets.
“We had tons of great programs and events under Evan’s direction,” Thomas said. “A lot of things I saw vanishing or going downhill during my freshman year were back in full force during my final undergraduate year, and it was really great to see Greek life kind of revived like that.”
Thomas said she hopes Murray State will continue to make strives to improve their Greek system during Hubbard’s interim period.
“My biggest hope for the interim coordinator and whoever comes after her is that they can find a way to improve and maintain Greek unity,” Thomas said. “Having a supportive environment like that can really enhance students’ learning experiences and create lifelong bonds that everyone should get to make during their time in college.”