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By Richard Pryor III
In an email sent out to the Sewanee community on September 19, Dean of Students Marichal Gentry (C’86) announced the hiring of Forbes Mann (C’10) as Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, a new position.
Following the departure of Associate Dean of Students Hagi Bradley to a new job as Dean of Students at Earlham College, Gentry announced that the search for a replacement would begin “immediately,” and it concluded with Mann’s hiring.
Mann, though hired by Gentry, was evaluated by the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Inter-Sorority Council, the Greek Presidents, and several alumni representatives. In Gentry’s opinion, there is “a lot to accomplish” in the position, and Mann is “best for what we need now.”
“IFC/ISC and the Greek presidents are thrilled to have Forbes on board as the new Coordinator of Greek Life,” commented ISC President Yin Agbontaen (C’18). “I am especially excited to have Forbes on board; he’s a Sewanee alum that is familiar with our unique Greek community because he’s been through it firsthand.”
Mann, an alumnus of the college, previously worked as the Assistant Director of Admission in the Undergraduate Admission Office, and before that at Tulane as an Admission Counselor. There, he worked as the advisor to their chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, the fraternity he joined at Sewanee.
“I can tell that he’s more than ready to enhance Greek life and help us achieve our true potential in order to better serve Sewanee as a whole. I can’t wait to see what we do this year with Forbes on our team. The best is yet to come!”
However, Mann will only handle part of Bradley’s former position. “People only knew Hagi for Greek life,” Gentry commented, but he also oversaw student activities. According to Gentry, the administration created a specific position solely to oversee Greek life “because of the high number of Greeks on campus.”
As the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Mann will oversee community-wide programming, including the rush process, as well as new member education, advising student leaders, monitoring risk management, and partnering with the community and national organizations.
Mann commented that his favorite part of the position is being able to talk with Sewanee students and get to know them.
“We’re able to distill what is best about Greek Life here,” said Mann.
PULL QUOTE: “We’re able to distill what is best about Greek Life here.” – Forbes Mann (C’10)