The UT Martin chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon announced Thursday that it has named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs John Abel (1999) as a Faculty Fellow, joining Dr. Adan Bruner of the UT Martin Chemistry Department on the advisory board for the undergraduate chapter.
Abel is a SigEp alumnus and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1999 and his MBA in 2002. He has worked for more than two decades in various roles for the university, serving as a hall director for the Office of Housing and later as operations manager for the Boling University Center.
“John is a terrific choice for Faculty Fellow and I’m excited to have him involved,” AVC President Stephen Yeargin (2006) said. “We believe this is a great team with Dr. Bruner advising on academic programs and John sharing his Student Life expertise with our members.”
The university named Abel the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in 2015, with a brief stint as the interim vice chancellor in 2018. He is also the advisor for the Student Government Association, guiding student leaders in their relationship with the university.
John lives in Martin with his wife Debbie and their two sons.
Sigma Phi Epsilon describes the Faculty Fellow position as follows:
Faculty fellows are faculty members at a host institution who work with the chapter to play a key role in the member development program. Faculty fellows work with the chapter in a wide range of areas, from providing individuals with academic support to working with the vice president of member development to oversee the Balanced Man Program. Successful faculty fellows show a strong desire and enthusiasm for working with students outside of the classroom, and can provide guidance and mentorship to brothers in a variety of areas. Faculty fellows can include professors from any discipline, department chairs or upper administration.