Monday, December 12, 2022
For Immediate Release – Retirement of Dr. Joseph Rosenberg
Statement regarding the retirement of Executive Director, Dr. Joseph S. Rosenberg.
The Board of Directors of the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho announces the planned retirement of Dr. Joseph S. Rosenberg, Executive Director on June 30, 2023.
Dr. Rosenberg (Joe) joined the National Office of Kappa Delta Rho in November 2007 after serving as the Director of Greek Life at Radford University. As an undergraduate, Joe originally joined the Fraternity as an undergraduate member of the Xi Alpha chapter at Temple University, where he held several leadership roles in the chapter and within Temple’s Greek community until his graduation in 1996.
The Board of Directors hired Joe to be a transformational leader at a key moment in KDR’s history, and his work to improve the Fraternity took many forms. He worked with the Board to create a new strategic plan that included strategies for enhancing KDR’s education and leadership programs, growing chapters and members, and strengthening National operations, while also focusing on living our values, expanding communications, improving Alumni relations, and strengthening our financial position. His dedication and commitment to accomplishing this plan served to create a stronger Fraternity, ultimately doubling our undergraduate membership, enhancing the experience of active Brothers, and encouraging Alumni to sustain a commitment to KDR throughout their lives.
Kappa Delta Rho President Scott Bradley, Zeta Beta ‘99, commented, “Joe’s vision for designing and creating exceptional educational programs, including our award-winning new member program called the Legion and our transformational total-member development program called Brothers’ Keeper, were far beyond expectations for a Fraternity of our size.” The initial phases of the Brothers’ Keeper program focused on wellness, mental health, and suicide prevention, while current efforts are adding a focus on important issues surrounding social justice, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Joe’s acumen in managing problems and crises has been instrumental in our ongoing success. Past President Gene Spencer, Iota ’76, commented that Joe’s efforts to strengthen the National Fraternity and its relationship with host institutions were critical in providing the strength and resilience necessary to survive and even thrive during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which disrupted higher education and the Greek community for over 2 years. His unfaltering strength, organizational savvy, and strong work ethic saw KDR through a threat that could have ended its 115-year history.”
Joe was also committed to being a strong partner with KDR’s host institution, helping them support campus ideals of their Greek communities, working as strong partners in building programs, and collectively solving problems, while also expecting them to meet their commitments of accountability in their programs and due process in their judicial functions.
Past President Shawn Hoke, Phi Alpha ’95, reflected, “When the search committee selected Joe in 2007, I don’t think anyone realized that he would become our longest-serving Executive Director spanning nearly 16 years. The program development that occurred during his tenure will have a long-lasting, positive impact on our Brotherhood, and I thank Joe for his tireless work and advocacy on behalf of Kappa Delta Rho.”
Considering his long-term membership and employment in Kappa Delta Rho, Joe said, “My association with KDR not only shaped my undergraduate experience, but it has also had a profound impact on the rest of my life. It has truly been an honor to serve my Fraternity as Executive Director and to strengthen it for the future. Honor Super Omnia!”
The National Board of Directors will now begin a search for the next Executive Director of Kappa Delta Rho to ensure a seamless transition on July 1, 2023.