Sigma Phi Epsilon District Governor Kelly Williams (Tennessee, 1992) announced recently that he has appointed D. Renard Miles, II (University of Memphis Lambuth, 2015) as the new Chapter Counselor for the SigEp chapter at UT Martin. Miles becomes the fifth Chapter Counselor for Tennessee Kappa since its founding in 1993.
Miles is a 2015 graduate of the University of Memphis Lambuth, where he served as Chapter President of the Tennessee Zeta SigEp chapter among other roles. He earned his Master’s degree in Management from Austin Peay State University, and is working towards earning a doctorate in Learning and Leadership from UT Chattanooga.
Miles is the Assistant Director of Career and Employer Development and is an adjunct instructor at UT Martin. He has served since 2018 as the Faculty Fellow for Tennessee Kappa, and has worked closely with the undergraduate members.
“Renard has been amazing for our undergraduates,” said Alumni & Volunteer Corp. (AVC) Vice President John Domanski (2016), who has known Renard since their time together at the Ruck Leadership Institute. “I know Renard will go above and beyond to help ensure our chapter continues to excel at a high level.”
Miles replaces Dr. James Truett (2002), who had served in the role since 2015. Truett will remain in an advisory capacity for the chapter and the AVC. He was most recently recognized as the UT Martin Intefraternity Council Chapter Advisor of the Year in 2017. Brothers speak fondly of the officer transition retreats that he has hosted in his home in Jackson, Tennessee. He is also a strong advocate for the 1901 Club, a group of alumni donors that support the chapter’s programming and AVC operations.
“I want to sincerely thank James for his generosity over the years to our chapter,” said AVC President Stephen Yeargin (2006). “He has set a great example for alumni involvement in the way he has selflessly given back to the chapter that means so much to him.”
Sigma Phi Epsilon describes the Chapter Counselor role as:
The chapter counselor is responsible for coordinating volunteer support to mentor members of the undergraduate chapter. He or she provides the continuity necessary to ensure long-term chapter success. As an appointee of the district governor, the chapter counselor is also charged with upholding the Fraternity’s Grand Chapter Bylaws and Administrative Policies and Procedures.
Among Tennessee Kappa’s roster of past Chapter Counselors is Dr. Stephen B. Shanklin (Murray State, 1970), who served as Grand Chapter President from 2007 – 2009, and currently serves as Treasurer for the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.