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Executive Development Director Jason Scott Embry Receives Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Merit Key Award

April 8, 2014

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Jason Scott Embry

     Jason Scott Embry, executive director of development, has earned the Merit Key Award from Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), the nation’s largest social fraternity.

     The Merit Key is the second highest award a Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumnus can receive. It recognizes alumni members for their faithfulness, continuous service, and dedication to the fraternity. Approximately 600 Merit Keys have been awarded since 1947 among 190,000 living fraternity alumni.

     Embry joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon as a student at Western Kentucky University and has been actively involved in the fraternity as an alumnus of the Kentucky Beta Chapter. He was a member of SAE’s Ritual Committee from 2001 to 2013, serving as chairman from January 2012 to July 2013. In 2012, Embry was part of a small group of fraternity members founding the DeVotie Ritual Institute as part of a national initiative to educate undergraduate members on the fraternity’s history and leadership principles.

     Embry has been a faculty member of SAE’s John O. Moseley Leadership School since 2000, conducting etiquette workshops. He has also been a featured speaker on fraternity rituals, alumni relations, fundraising, and etiquette at several chapter and province leadership conferences. Embry has also served as SAE chapter advisor at Centre College, and on the alumni advisory boards for chapters at the University of Denver and Indiana State University. He has led initiation teams for eight new chapter installation ceremonies.

     Previously, Embry received SAE’s Order of Minerva Award in 2010 and Order of the Lion Award in 2005, recognizing his dedication to the fraternity as a volunteer, as well as his professional standing in the higher education industry. He received the National Chapter Advisor of the Year Award in 2001 for his work with Centre College’s Kentucky Kappa chapter.

     Embry has 19 years of leadership experience in development at private colleges and universities, primarily in the Midwest and South regions. He has helped increase alumni participation rates, unrestricted annual gifts, and named endowed funds at each institute he has worked. At Rose-Hulman, Embry organizes and supervises fundraising activities, particularly in areas of annual giving and major gifts in the Office of Institutional Advancement.