Andrew Solt, a student in the Journalism program at the WVU Reed College of Media, has been appointed chairman of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Collegiate Advisory Committee.
In this role, Solt will be the collegiate voice on the Tau Kappa Epsilon Grand Council, which is the international board of directors. He will represent 9,000 students across the country and act as the liaison of the Advisory Committee at each Grand Council meeting.
“When I found out I was selected chairman, I was honestly at a loss for words,” said Solt, a sophomore from Lancaster, Ohio. “I applied for the position because I wanted to help my fraternity and continue to grow and achieve new things.”
The application process was highly selective. Students sent applications to the CEO of the fraternity, who then choose nine members to sit on the Collegiate Advisory Committee. Each new member gave a speech and then voted on who they believed would make the best chairman.
Solt is a College of Media Ambassador, a Mountaineer Maniac and works as a head lifeguard for WVU Campus Recreation. He also is a camera operator for the West Virginia Black Bears and WVU Athletics.
Solt hopes that his experience at the College of Media and WVU will help him to achieve his goal of becoming a sports broadcaster for ESPN or Fox Sports.
“My favorite experience so far at WVU has been working for WVU Athletics Video,” Solt said. “The ability to be a part of the game is awesome, and working with great people – from other students to WVU employees – has made my experience at WVU great. I cannot wait to continue my journey with them and grow as a person and work in the field with them.”
Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity was founded on January 10, 1899, at Illinois Wesleyan University and is one of the largest collegiate men’s social fraternities in North America. The fraternity’s website says it contributes to the “advancement of society through the personal growth of our members and service to others.” The fraternity has a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has contributed $7.2 million to it since 2009.