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 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.’s Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter in Columbus, OH and did an interview with Dr. Anthony Redic the president of the chapter.
The position of president of a Black fraternity chapter is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. Dr. Anthony Redic, who works as a market segementation leader, entrepreneur, and adjunct professor, has been in the position of president for 1 year.
We interviewed Dr. Redic, who is a 2003 Columbus, OH initiate of his fraternity 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 motivated you to take on the role of alumni chapter president?
The short answer is that there was a need and I wanted to do my part. The Chapter was looking for someone who could manage change, (changes in technology, organizational dynamics, and the overall environmental shifts that affect Greek Life). After several conversations, I realized that I was the person for the position.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the local community or the broader Black community?
As you can imagine, we are engaged in several impactful initiatives. But the one initiative that dominates my thoughts is the one focused on the mental and physical health of black men. Young black men are dying from illnesses that are preventable and can be managed by de-stressing, eating better, therapy, physical activity, doctor visits, and etc. To me, this is an epidemic that needs more attention. This is what keeps me up at night.
What made you want to pledge Phi Beta Sigma?
I absolutely believe in everything my Fraternity stands for. My goal, every day, is to exemplify the high ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated has a rich history, a solid strategy for the future, and brothers who are ready to live out our motto, “Culture for Service, Service for Humanity.” I also love our constitutional bond with the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. The impact to the community has been greater because of our relationship.
What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?
Beta Omicron Sigma (BOS) will celebrate 75 years as a Chapter in 2024. Not many chapters can say this. We have brothers in our Chapter who have been serving for over 50 years. We’re also fortunate to have Hon. Dr. Carter D. Womack, the 27th and 29th International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. So, when you consider the wisdom, knowledge, and experience that exist within our Chapter, we are unique.
How is your chapter providing for the undergraduate chapters you support?
Our Collegiate advisors do a great job making sure our undergraduate chapters are moving forward in excellence. We (Alumni and Collegiate) always strive to serve, and support causes together. Also, when our young brothers need funds for meals, equipment, and other school items, we work hard to give them what they need to be successful. Personally, I love communicating with my undergraduate brothers, especially when they need support, advice, and of course, money.
How do you approach fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie among alumni members, and what strategies have you found effective?
This is my primary job! We all know that a “House divided cannot stand!” The diversity that exists within our Chapter, marital status, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, etc., can be a challenge when attempting to galvanize brothers around a program, service project, and/or a party. A strategy that I find most effective is dealing with issues as quickly as possible…”Let’s deal with the elephant in the room.” Whenever there is a sign of disruption, acting quickly allows peace and unity to be restored quickly.
What advice would you give to aspiring leaders within your fraternity/sorority who may aspire to take on roles of leadership within alumni chapters?
I would tell aspiring leaders to learn from those who served before you. When I became President, I asked the previous Presidents if they were willing to meet with me Quarterly. During these sessions, I’m asking for feedback, constructive criticism, and input on future plans. Leaders will continue to grow by being a continual learner.
How has mentorship helped you get to where you are today? Are there any specific people in your org who have made a significant impact on your life as mentors?
Mentorship is critical! Without mentors, I believe, we move without guidance. I’ve had some great mentors, within and without the Fraternity, many of whom I still talk to today. I’m energized by the mentee/mentor discourse…it is valuable.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?
We need Watch The Yard to help the world understand the Black diaspora. The political, economic, and educational issues that exist today require authentic information to be disseminated concerning Black news and culture. This is why Watch The Yard is important.
Looking back at it, why do you love being a member of your org?
I love where Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated has been…But I’m extremely excited about where we’re going! Sigmas are impacting communities and changing lives.
Lastly, what does brotherhood mean to you?
Brotherhood is an unshakeable bond, built on the pillars of love, admiration, respect, and support. We truly are our Brother’s Keepers!
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Dr. Anthony Redic for his work as the President of the Beta Omicron Sigma which has a legacy that spans back to 1949.
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