In an effort to highlight the people who are leading graduate chapters across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s New York Alumni Chapter and did an interview with Michael Hatcher the Polemarch of the chapter.
The position of Polemarch/president of a Black fraternity chapter is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. Hatcher, who is the CEO / President of Kazar Entertainment, has served in the position of Polemarch for two years.
We interviewed Hatcher, who is a Spring 1988 initiate of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at North Carolina A&T State University and talked to him about his position, goals, future and what it means to hold this type of leadership position in the digital age.
Read the full interview below.
What does it mean to be a chapter president to you?
It is God sent and a real blessing to be chosen to be the 32nd New York Alumni Polemarch.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the surrounding community?
We are working to increase our Kappa League Program to add additional kids to get them focus on heading to and be ready for college. We are hosting a Mental Health Workshop that opened to the brothers and the people in our community. We are teaming up with other greek organizations and other partnerships in our community as well as churches and politicians to help with various projects such as Mental Health, Youth On The Move, Boy Scouts of America, Stop and Frisk, Voters Registration and much more.
What made you want to pledge Kappa Alpha Psi?
I have three Uncles who were initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. so I have always wanted and desired to become a members since I was a child.
What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?
New York Alumni is historic chapter with rich history since 1937. It is a Chapter of many generations with brothers of all ages. It is truly an amazing family.
We now live in a digital world, what do you think alumni chapters across all orgs need to do to represent themselves online in 2019?
Realize that social media is not your friend. However, it is an important tool or instrument when use correctly. So, definitely have a social media presence. Get your own app to send out quicker updates and information as well as using online apps that allow you to purchase quicker for electronic tickets to events and etc.
What does leadership mean to you?
It means to create more leaders and not followers.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?
It shows our true history of all generations and ages.
What does brotherhood mean to you?
It means family to me.
How is your chapter providing for the undergraduate chapters you support?
New York Alumni and Omicron both work on joint programs and activities for the community. We take trips together such as we did to Washington DC to visit the Smithsonian.
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Michael Hatcher for his work as the Polemarch of the New York Alumni Chapter which has a legacy that spans back to 1937.