BLACKSBURG, Va., June 5, 2007 – Ronald Shidemantle of Cranberry Township, Pa. has been named director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Virginia Tech.
He will come to the university from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he serves as director of the Office of Greek Life, Honor Societies, and Professional Organizations. His appointment is effective July 10.
The director of Fraternity and Sorority Life is responsible for the development, oversight, and advancement of the Greek system and its 62 member organizations.
“We are delighted to have Mr. Shidemantle joining our staff,” said Edward Spencer, associate vice president for student affairs. “He will bring to Virginia Tech a wealth of experience, strong energy, and enthusiasm to advance and strengthen our Greek chapters.”
The fraternity and sorority community at Virginia Tech is one of the largest in the country at over 3,300 members strong and growing. Recruitment numbers remain high each year, and two additional chapters have been chartered in the last two years. The university hosts 34 North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternities, 13 National Panhellenic Conference women’s fraternities, eight National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters, and seven multicultural or religious chapters.
Shidemantle received a bachelor of science in social work from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and a master of arts in student personnel administration from Slippery Rock University in 1994. He has 12 years of experience in student affairs work. Before accepting the position of director of Greek Life at Duquesne University in 2000, he served there as assistant director of residence life, as residence director and director of summer camps and conferences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and as coordinator of residence life at Pennsylvania State University’s McKeesport campus.