After 13 months serving as the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Brooke Isbell plans to leave her position at U of L after this semester.

“My husband received an amazing opportunity that was too good to turn down,” said Isbell. “With my move here and graduate school we have spent a good portion of our marriage apart and felt like it was the right thing to do for our family.”

In her short tenure at U of L, Isbell has advocated for growth in the U of L Greek community.

“It is an amazing time to join a fraternity and sorority at the University of Louisville and I have felt very privileged to work with this amazing group of students over the last year. I believe that the university will see this community continue to grow and have unprecedented success here at the university,” said Isbell.

“There are now over 2300 fraternity and sorority members. Over the last year here we added five new groups to the community and I see that growth continuing. They are adding a Panhellenic chapter in 2017, IFC is currently going through expansion to add three more groups over the next 5-10 years, and we are working on having the first functioning Multicultural Greek Council in the commonwealth of Kentucky.”

Courtney Puckett, president of the Panhellenic Council, recalls Isbell’s role in the future of the Greek community on campus.

“Brooke has helped Panhellenic Council and Greek life make strides that will benefit us greatly in the future. Because of Brooke,  Panhellenic, NPHC and IFC have attended the ALFV Central conference two years in a row. She has encouraged us to apply for national awards, and helped all of the councils to become more united by providing us with educational and leadership training and retreats. I truly believe that Brooke has helped all the councils to confidently make change and promote growth in our Greek community.”

Both students and staff will play a role in finding Isbell’s replacement.

Tim Moore, the director of student involvement, describes the hiring process.

“The position will be posted on the U of L Human Resources web site. As applications are received, a screening committee composed of students, staff and advisers will review them. The committee will identify applicants for the position and conduct phone interviews. Once phone interviews are completed, the committee will identify a group of finalist candidates to bring for on-campus interviews. On-campus interviews will be conducted and feedback collected on each candidate. The screening committee will provide a recommendation to me and I will then make a decision. A background check will be conducted of the selected candidate and once passed an offer will be made.”

According to Puckett, Greek students look forward to continue the trajectory for growth set out by Isbell.

“While we will miss Brooke, we are very excited to work with a new assistant director of fraternity and sorority life. This will give us the opportunity to learn even more from someone new. We are very confident that we will be left in good hands and welcome the opportunity,” she said.

Isbell’s last day at U of L is May 15.

“I look forward to hearing about the future success of the campus and the fraternity and sorority community, and will continue to cheer for U of L every chance I get!” she said.

Photo by Rachel Essa