The position of Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Fraternity. Through the history of AKL it has been known by a few names including Field Secretary, Executive Secretary and finally as Executive Director. The men who have served in this position come from various employment backgrounds.

Lewis J. Bacon

Lambda Chapter (Emporia State University) | 1949 to 1972

Lewis J. Bacon, served as the first Executive Secretary / Executive Director of Alpha Kappa Lambda. After serving in the Navy, he attended Kansas State College, now Kansas State University and pledged Iota Chapter. But before being initiated, he transferred to Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia University and helped establish Lambda Chapter. He served as colony President, prior to the chartering.

The effort at the new Lambda chapter caught the attention of National President Dr. H. George DeKay, who was looking to hire a full time executive to oversee the National Fraternity on a day to day basis. Bacon accepted the offer in July of 1949. He would run Alpha Kappa Lambda out of his bedroom and then his basement for a time before moving to office space in Emporia. He typed the first executive correspondence on a typewriter he purchased as a freshman for $15.00. It would be some five years before a telephone was budgeted for the National Executive Secretary.

Executive Secretary Bacon and Alpha Kappa Lambda were leaders in abolishing the traditional “hell week”. Under Brother Bacon, National staff were hired to assist with chapter relations, alumni support and record keeping. He was responsible for moving the National Headquarters to Ft. Collins, Colorado. In 1966, in conjunction with the 23rd National Conclave in Chicago, Bacon instituted the first of many Leadership Colleges.

Two major changes would take place in 1968, the first being the creation of “The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda” to handle chapter and alumni relations and the existing “National Alpha Kappa Lambda” to handle chapter housing. This was a first in the interfraternity world. The second major change was when the National Executive Council changed Lewis Bacon’s title from Executive Secretary to Executive Director.

April 30th, 1972, marked the end of the Bacon administration when his resignation was accepted by the National Executive Council. Under his 23 years of guidance, the fraternity had initiated over 10,000 men and granted some 40 additional charters.  This period would mark the greatest growth in Alpha Kappa Lambda history. He would go on to serve as manager of the Brawley, California Chamber of Commerce. Brother Bacon joined the ranks of the Omega Chapter when he passed away on August 20, 1997.

Gary Tye

Eta Chapter (Washington State University) | 1972 to 1973

Brother Tye was appointed interim Executive Director at the retirement of Brother Bacon. He currently works for New York Life Insurance in the area of financial services.

Donald L. Heering

Kappa Chapter (Purdue University) | 1973 to 1974

Donald L. Heering served as the Executive Director of Alpha Kappa Lambda from January of 1973 until August 1974. He served as National Coordinator prior to being appointed Executive Director after graduating from Purdue University with a BA in Political Science. He currently works as an Executive General Adjuster for Crawford Technical Services located in Los Angeles, California.

William S. West

Iota Chapter (Kansas State University) | 1975 to 1977

William S. West served as the third National Executive Director of Alpha Kappa Lambda. He earned a B.S. in Psychology with emphasis in business and journalism in 1973. He joined Alpha Kappa Lambda Headquarters in June of 1973 under the internship program after his graduation which entailed visiting chapters and helping them improve operations on the local level. He held the positions of Director of Chapter Services and Expansion before being appointed Executive Director, October 1, 1975. Under Brother West’s direction the fraternity was run as a business. He stressed the need for the National Fraternity to meet the needs of the college men.

In 1977 Brother West stepped down as Executive Director to pursue a career in real estate. His work gained him honors such as “Salesman of the Year” in 1978 for Dillon-Vaughan-Walters Real Estate and “Realtor of the Year” in 1984 for the Fort Collins Board of Realtors. He earned the Certified Residential Specialist designation in 1981 from the Realtors National Marketing Institute. Less than 4% of Realtors have earned this honor.

Currently Brother West is a Real Estate Broker for the The Group Inc. and maintains an active real estate practice. He is the author of Your Garagenous Zone- the Complete Garage Organizer Guide in 1999 and Your Garagenous Zone: Innovative Ideas for the Garage in 2004. These two books have become the foundation works for this new type of home remodeling.

Brother West is still active with the alumni of Alpha Kappa Lambda by attending annual conclaves and serving as President of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation.

Duncan C. Ely

Alpha Beta Chapter (University of Arizona) | 1977 to 1979

Brother Duncan C. Ely served as the fourth Executive Director. He graduated in 1974 from the University of Arizona at Tucson. Prior to being named Executive Director he served as the Region Coordinator and Director of Alumni Affairs. His first major move as Executive Director was to lead to the National Conclave of that year to vote in favor to move the National Office from Ft. Collins, Colorado to Indianapolis, Indiana. This was so the National Office could better support the local chapters and to tap into the east and southern parts of the country that had yet to be explored. His legacy was focus office operations on supporting chapter operations.

After leaving the position of Executive Director Brother Ely attended the General Theological Seminary and received his Masters of Divinity and is working on his Doctorate of Divinity at the Virginia Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the General Board of Examining Chaplains.

Frank Puglia

Alpha Beta Chapter (University of Arizona) | 1979

Brother Puglia served as the Assistant Executive Director until being named interim Executive upon Brother Ely leaving staff.  He currently serves as the Director of Education at the Central Arizona College at Florence Center.

Carl Hoog

Phi Chapter (Oregon State University) | 1979 to 1981

Brother Carl Hoog served as the fifth Executive Director. He served from 1979 to 1981. He attended Oregon State University where he served as Rush Chairman, Newsletter Editor and Chapter President. He graduated in June of 1976 with a degree in Geography. He worked in the transportation industry before coming to the National Office. He has since served on the Phi Chapter Corporate Board as President. Brother Hoog currently works as a Business Analyst with Boeing.

Todd Billie

Beta Mu Chapter (Winona State University) | 1981 to 1983

Currently works as a Strategic & Operational Planning Specialist with the Mayo Clinic.

William C. Durow

Xi Chapter (Truman State University) | 1983 to 1985

R. Keith Gilchrist

Kappa Chapter (Purdue University) | 1985 to 2003

Brother Gilchrist has been one of the longest serving brothers of Alpha Kappa Lambda. His campus activities included membership in the glee club, an organization that would have him perform on the Ed Sullivan Show and at President Eisenhower’s Inauguration. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in agriculture. He was elected to the Kappa Corporate Board in 1965 and stayed on for thirty years.

Due to his work securing the financing for the new Kappa house while on the corporate board, he was appointed director of National Alpha Kappa Lambda, the housing side of the national fraternity and would subsequently became President of the corporation. Brother Gilchrist was elected to the National Executive Council in 1974 as an alternate and in 1976 as National Secretary. He over saw the move of the national office to Indianapolis in 1978 and would become the chairman of the National Executive Council from 1980 to 1983. He was elected National President of Alpha Kappa Lambda in 1985 and has served as a director on the Alpha Kappa Lambda Education Foundation for from 1985 through present day.

Outside Alpha Kappa Lambda, he served as Treasurer, Secretary and President of the Fraternity Executives Association. He is now an honorary life time member of that group. Brother Gilchrist has been an ever faithful servant to the Alpha Kappa Lambda and its brothers. This was formally recognized when in 2004, the Gilchrist Man of Character Award was named in his and his wife Ann’s honor.

Jeremy D. Slivinski

Beta Nu Chapter (Virginia Commonwealth University) | 2004 to Present

Brother Slivinski graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to working for the Fraternity Brother Slivinski served as Program Advisor for Greek Affairs for Virginia Commonwealth University and as Activities Director for an Assisted Living Community located near Virginia Beach.

In 2001 Brother Slivinski was hired by Alpha Kappa Lambda to serve as the Assistant Executive Director. Upon Brother Gilchrist’s retirement he was appointed the eleventh Executive Director of AKL. He is the first recipient of the Man of Character Award (2000) which has since been renamed to the Gilchrist Man of Character Award.  He is also one of the first recipients of the Man of Vision Award (2000) which given by Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault (VAASA).

Interfraternally, Brother Slivinski serves as liaison for the Fraternity Executives’ Association to the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and on the Board of Directors for FIPG, Inc.