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Benjamin "B.J." Pendry

Benjamin “B.J.” Pendry of Wilkes County, a senior majoring in political science and history, was recently elected president of the Inter-Fraternity Council at Western Carolina University.

Pendry is a 2002 graduate of West Wilkes High School and the son of Larry and Barbara Pendry of North Wilkesboro.

The IFC is the governing body of the 11 fraternities on Western's campus. It provides a forum for discussion of common problems, serves as recruitment supervisor, supports social activities and aids the university and the surrounding community.

“Our mission is to maintain the integrity of the university, the council and the individual chapters that make up our membership,” Pendry said. “My focus will be accountability and engagement.”

Prior to being elected IFC president, Pendry completed an internship at the Undergraduate Inter-fraternity Institute, where he learned the basis of advanced programming, group values, risk management and leadership development. He plans to organize a leadership development course at Western designed to teach fraternity chapter presidents the importance of risk management, recruitment policies and community service.

He also participated in the Futures Quest leadership program sponsored by the National Inter-Fraternity Council, where he served as a mentor.

For more information about fraternity life at Western, contact Pendry at (828) 227-5175 or Bill Haggard, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, at (828) 227-7234.


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