Fraternity Network Structure Update Report

The Performance Committee of the Executive Board is pleased to update and share with you the following recommendations regarding our Fraternity’s Network structure. While changes will be made across all Networks, we are recommending a strategic and measured response as Network rosters fluctuate and grow over the next several years. At this time, we are not suggesting an increase in the overall number of Networks. The Performance Committee will continue to partner with staff and Network volunteers to review and evaluate the structure on a regular basis to allow for ongoing feedback and improvements as identified.

The Performance Committee, in our efforts to review and make recommendations regarding the Network structure, began by compiling and deploying a survey in the fall of 2015 that was completed by volunteers and staff. These results were summarized and shared with participants. We then hosted a series of focus group calls in October and November 2015. The calls offered an opportunity to capture feedback, suggestions, and reinforcement about the current Network structure from those currently serving in and supporting all areas of Network volunteer and staff leadership.

After reviewing feedback from the survey, focus group calls, and Performance Committee discussions, staff led a Network by Network review that included consideration of the strength of current volunteers and chapters and shared a proposal with the Performance Committee in late 2015. All of this data informed the proposal that was shared with the full Executive Board and Network Directors in January 2016. Network Directors received specific Network by Network recommendations and were able to discuss these proposals with their teams and offer feedback for what is now the final version.

Highlights of the Network structure changes include:

  • Network Specialists need to be added in different specialty areas, but the timing varies depending on Network growth. Therefore, a timeline is provided based on when specialists would need to be added over the course of the next three to five years for each Network.
    (See Appendix)
  • While it is not felt that sweeping changes need to happen at this point, we are recommending a few state moves to assist in balancing Network sizes which would impact both alumnae and collegiate chapters.

Those include:
- Moving the state of Missouri from Network 6 to Network 7; and
- Moving the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico
from Network 8 to Network 6.

  • Continued integration and engagement with colonies, new chapters, and Network Specialists of Development were also key areas of review and focus for the Network structure. Staffing realignment will now allow for both NS-Ds and geo Network volunteers to be partnered with one Assistant Director of Collegiate Experience (ADCE) for each Network. This change alone should help increase and improve communication. Additionally, we have provided some best practices to assist in increased collaboration  throughout the tenure of the NS-D. 
    (See Appendix)

The impact and effectiveness of our Networks are important to overall Fraternity success and strategic plan achievement. We remain committed to ensuring volunteers have positive experiences and chapters have needed resources. Please reach out to the Performance Committee at with questions or feedback about the Networks and volunteer experience.

The AOII Performance Committee:
Susan Bonifield
Crystal Combs
Amber Countis, Chair
Troy Leforge
Krista Whipple



Most recently updated: March 18, 2016